Only the Father

5 03 2009

Hey guys,


Here’s some thoughts today from author Henri Nouwen:



Only the Father

So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.  You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.

  Heb. 10:35-36


Everything we know about Jesus indicates that he was concerned with only one thing: to do the will of his Father.  Nothing in the Gospels is as impressive as Jesus’ single-minded obedience to his Father.  From his first recorded words in the Temple, “Did you not know that I must be busy with my Father’s affairs?” (Luke 2:49), to his last words on the cross, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit” (Luke 23:46), Jesus’ only concern was to do the will of his Father.  He says, “The Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees the Father doing” (John 5:19).  The works Jesus did are the works the Father sent him to do, and the words he spoke are the words the Father gave him.  He leaves no doubt about this: “If I am not doing my Father’s work, there is no need to believe me” (John 10:37); “My word is not my own; it is the word of the one who sent me” (John 14:24).


Jesus is not out Savior simply because of what he said to us or did for us.  He is our Savior because what he said and did was said and done in obedience to his Father.  That is why St. Paul could say, “As by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by one man’s obedience many will be made righteous” (Rom. 5:19).  Jesus is the obedient one.  The center of his life is this obedient relationship with the Father.


Our lives are destined to become like the life of Jesus.  The whole purpose of Jesus’ ministry is to bring us to the house of the Father.  Not only did Jesus come to free us from the bonds of sin and death, he also came to lead us into the intimacy of his divine life.  It is difficult for us to imagine what this means.  We tend to emphasize the distance between Jesus and ourselves.  We see Jesus as the all-knowing and all-powerful Son of God who is unreachable for us sinful, broken human beings.  But in thinking this way, we forget that Jesus came to give us his own life.  He came to lift us up into loving community with the Father.  Only when we recognize the radical purpose of Jesus’ ministry will we be able to understand the meaning of the spiritual life.  Everything that belongs to Jesus is given for us to receive.  All that Jesus does we may also do.



May you see the life of Jesus in new ways and see how your spiritual walk is always walking in the direction of obedience and dependence which leads you to a personal intimate relationship with your Heavenly Father.


Praying for you.


To the King!



P.S. Please be praying for the Yearly Meeting the next couple weeks.





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