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#15 – Friday – March 17, 2017

#15 – Friday – March 17, 2017
“I tell you the truth; the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does.” John 5:19
A lot of people read the Bible to answer the question, “What should I do?” Their primary focus in their relationship with God is on behavior. But while doing the right things is important, it isn’t primary. The main purpose of any genuine relationship of love and friendship is not doing but knowing. Actions flow from intimacy, not vice verse.
We see that in Jesus’ words, if we look closely enough. First, He does nothing by Himself. That means His intimacy with the Father has developed before His actions. He has to know the father in order to say that. But He also says He does only what He sees the Father doing-which means before any behavioral response, He sees. He knows and sees then He does. That’s how relationships work.
Jesus never said, “I figure out what to do by reading Scripture and obeying what it says.” His “doing” is relational from beginning to end. Does Scripture play a part in that? Absolutely. But the issue on Jesus’ heart isn’t deciphering what the Word instructs; it’s knowing the One who spoke the Word to begin with.
What question is on your heart as you read the Bible? What are you trying to find out? Your answer makes a huge difference not only in how you live your life but also in how well you get to know God. Many of us default to “instruction mode” when we read Scripture because we don’t have the interest or the know-how to pursue real intimacy with Him. We don’t see what He’s doing, so we dig out the principles in the Word and rely on them as His instructions. That’s religion, not relationship, and God wants to get much more personal than that.
Lord, I can’t settle for just “reading the instructions.” Please show me who You are so I can recognize what You are doing. I want intimacy with You, Whatever it costs.

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