I can do nothing on my own authority. As I hear, I judge; and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me…
What do we see God doing?
Years ago, I heard a lecture by Dr. Douglas Arner, a philosophy professor at ASU. He asked an important question that would be wise for us to contemplate during this Lenten season: “What is it that we are supposed to be doing as Christians?” He concluded by asking another question: “What do we see God doing?” His answer was: “We see God loving and redeeming his children. Therefore, as Christians we should be doing what God does–loving and redeeming God’s children—helping to bring them back to him.”
Isn’t that what Jesus was doing? Didn’t Jesus say, “I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me?” He clearly knew what the Father was doing and he went about loving and healing, both physically and spiritually. He did everything in his power to tell those around him that God loved them and wanted them to return to God. Jesus’ whole ministry was about redemption.
In everything Jesus did, he was trying to show us what God was like, especially with the miracles he performed. When Jesus performed miracles, he was only doing what he saw his Father doing. I like what C.S. Lewis said about Jesus’ turning water into wine. He said that Jesus did in a moment what God does all the time. Grapes are comprised of water. If left on the vine long enough, they will turn to wine—that’s a miracle. We hardly notice God’s miracles that happen all the time. That was what Jesus was trying to convey by instantly turning water into wine. It’s as if Jesus was saying this is who God is—always loving us and performing miracles all the time to help us. In everything that God does, he is seeking to bring us back to him.
Jesus taught: Heal the sick, visit those in prison, feed the poor, have compassion and show mercy to those suffering–all these things he saw his father doing and that’s what he did. He spent much time in prayer, communicating with his father. He wanted to make certain that he was “doing the will” of his father. Jesus interpreted that to mean loving and redeeming God’s children.
Prayer: O Lord, your precious children need to know of your love. Our world seems to be so separated from you. There are countless crimes against each other and you. Give us the desire to gather your hurting children under our wings and bring them back to you. Help us to see them through your eyes, with your love and compassion.