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Devotional - week of February 8, 2004


A GUIDING WORD FROM OUR MODEL

Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps … 1 Peter 2:21a

Because Jesus was God-man but lived by faith in the Father as a man, we are able to follow His example. While the passage reveals Jesus as our example in suffering, He is our example in all things.

Perhaps nothing reveals the earthly life of Jesus more than statements quoted by John concerning His approach to life. Five times John quotes Jesus as saying that His actions were not from Himself.” The New American Standard Bible translates His “from Himself” with the words “My own initiative.”

“I can do nothing on My own initiative. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.”  John 5:30

So Jesus said, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and I do nothing on My own initiative, but I speak these things as the Father taught Me.”  John 8:28

Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and have come from God, for I have not even come on My own initiative, but He sent Me.”  John 8:42

“For I did not speak on My own initiative, but the Father Himself who sent Me has given Me a commandment as to what to say and what to speak.”   John 12:49

Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works.”  John 14:10

The message is clear. It is the will of the Father that we not initiate but respond to His guidance.