Then Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner’
Most of us do not respond positively to a dictator, someone who barks out orders with no regard or respect. Effective parents, employers, and leaders do not dictate responsibility, they demonstrate it.
Jesus remains our unparalleled example. He never imposed His will on another. He never sought to dominate or control. He watched His Father, and whatever He saw Him do, Jesus did the same in word and deed (John 15:15).
When we watch another demonstrate responsibility, we witness efforts that work. With his words and actions, he outwardly reveals what he believes inwardly. The importance of her words is made apparent by her behavior. The way that they act proves the value of the words that they proclaim.
When we believe and demonstrate the truths of the Bible, we can change our homes, our churches, our cities, our states, and even the nation. The New Testament church turned the world upside down (Acts 17:6). They took responsibility over their newfound liberty in Christ. They appropriated the newly-endued power of the Holy Ghost. They demonstrated to the world what Jesus did not dictate to them.
Jesus has called us to demonstrate the difference. If you are upset at the government and its policies and politicians, vote your conscience in every election. Campaign for issues close to your heart. Run for local office. If you are disturbed by trends in your local school, volunteer in a classroom, join the parent-teacher association or run for the school board. If you are concerned about the direction of your home church, pray fervently, serve humbly, and speak God’s truth in love.
When we truly believe this Gospel message, we will demonstrate what we know to be true in our hearts. We will take responsibility for the freedom Jesus has granted us. Even though He has freed us from the expectations and demands of everyone, we willingly choose to become a servant to all to show off the wonder of knowing Christ. The power of the Holy Spirit inside of us is brought to bear in every situation in which we find ourselves.
Emulate Jesus’ example. Live it loud. Say it and display it. Demonstrate the difference!
Dear Jesus, I long to be like You. Please help me to speak only the words that You would say. Help me to do only the things that You have planned for me to do. May the Holy Spirit inside of me change the atmosphere for Your glory. May my life demonstrate the things that are important to You, and may others be drawn to know You more. In Your name…amen.
Today’s Bible Reading:
Psalms & Proverbs