“Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.” John 5:19 (NIV)
Jesus is the Creator of everything…yet He tells us that He can do nothing by Himself.
Even as God, Jesus is not independent.
Everything Jesus does…He does with the Father.
To follow Jesus and model our lives after Him means moving toward the place where we also do nothing by ourselves. Jesus didn’t do anything without the Father and yet I think I can control areas of my life without Him!
I’m acting like God…without being God.
There are several terms for that attitude such as pride and foolishness. Yesterday I wrote about how we maintain control of certain areas of our lives by separating them into secular and sacred components. I used Ken Boa’s term of compartmentalization.
Jesus didn’t compartmentalize His life.
Everything was under the authority of the Father.
In his book Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, Peter Scazzero lists dividing our lives into spiritual and secular components among his top 10 symptoms of emotionally unhealthy spirituality. God didn’t create us to have spiritual and secular components. He created us to be whole…and wholly under His authority. There is no part of our life that God doesn’t want to be invited into.
Our lives end up compartmentalized because we either fail to invite God into every area of our life, or we close the door on Him. We stubbornly desire to maintain control over certain aspects of our life and therefore exclude God.
The choice is ours…God will not break down the doors.
But as long as they remain closed…those areas of our life will not be graced with His presence and love. This includes the professional rooms of our life.
Inviting Him into those rooms means we place ourselves under His authority as we live out of those areas.
It means inviting Him into our patient interactions. It means learning to ask for the Spirit’s guidance toward a diagnosis as we examine patients. It means seeking the Lord’s wisdom as we dialog with patients rather than attempting to exhibit our own feeble wisdom.
It means practicing His presence with us…everywhere we go.
Prayer: Lord, teach me to be fully reliant on You.