Our Relationship to God; April 1, 2018

John 20:17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'”

In many ways this was a very extraordinary thing for Jesus to say. His choice of words explicitly brought His disciples up to His level in terms of their relationship to God. Jesus is absolutely unique as the pre-existant member of the Godhead, but we cut ourselves short in the sort of relationship with God we think is possible for us. Shortly before He was crucified Jesus had said to his disciples, “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” (John 14:12) Now He is giving the message, “I’m about to go to the Father, so the time is here.” That was momentous news indeed. Acts records that just Peter’s shadow falling on people brought healing, (Acts 5:15) which was never said about Jesus. God wants to do amazing things through His children, but we fail to believe, or else pervert the supernatural into being about us. One person alive today who has walked in this is Heidi Baker. The things she has been involved in are astounding to hear about, but she would be the last person to say they are about her. It is only when we discard ourselves to cling to Christ that we truly find ourselves in Him. This is what Jesus was talking about when He spoke of losing and finding life (Matthew 10:39, etc.) and taking up our cross. (Luke 9:23, etc.) We don’t like the idea of doing only what we see the Father doing. (John 5:19) We want to be independent, forgetting that we have no power in ourselves. Jesus was very blunt about that! (John 15:5) We have much to learn about intimacy with God, but the benefits are boundless.

This is an area I have been aware of for many years but I have enormous room to grow in. I desire intimacy with God and I even preach on it, but I walk in only a small fraction of what is available to all of God’s children. I have talked for years about how the Church, the nation, and the world will be transformed when Japanese believers wake up to who and what they are in Christ, yet I don’t even grasp it fully myself. Right now I am being confronted with the reality that I can accomplish nothing good in God’s kingdom on my own, but I haven’t yet reached the point of letting God flow through me unhindered. As has been said, I need to “Let go and let God.”

Father, You know my situation better than I do. I pray that on this Easter morning I would indeed experience the power of Your resurrection, not for my sake but for the sake of those to whom I minister, for Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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