Daily D – John 5:19
Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, the Son is not able to do anything on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, the Son likewise does these things.
JOHN 5:19 (CSB)
(The Singer by Calvin Miller)
A carpenter’s son would stand at his father’s shoulder when he reached the age of twelve or thirteen. He would observe everything his father did. He would hear the plans. He would participate in the preparation. He would follow instructions. He would learn to shape timber into tools, furniture, and houses. The father would initiate. The son would respond with like action.
Jesus chose twelve men in particular as apprentices. They would be with Jesus and hear what he said and observe what he did. Then they would join him in his work. Then he would send them out to do the work and report back. Finally, he would commission them to carry on his work and accomplish greater things than he himself could do alone (John 14:12).
The Apostle Paul learned this lesson well and passed it along. He said, “Imitate me, as I also imitate Christ,” (1 Corinthians 11:1). Earlier in this same book, he said something similar. In 4:15-17, he says more about this principle.
“For you may have countless instructors in Christ, but you don’t have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel. Therefore I urge you to imitate me. This is why I have sent Timothy to you. He is my dearly loved and faithful child in the Lord. He will remind you about my ways in Christ Jesus, just as I teach everywhere in every church.”
Paul followed the model of Jesus.
- Jesus did what the Father did.
- Paul did what Jesus did.
- Timothy did what Paul did.
At whose shoulder do you stand to learn the rhythms and routines, the lifestyle of discipleship? Who provides you with instruction, example, and encouragement? Who helps you keep the promises you make to God and to yourself? Who helps you do what Jesus would do if he were you?
Who is your Timothy? Where is your Corinth?
A family, a workplace, and a community each require someone who will follow the model of Jesus and Paul in knowing what our Father wants and cooperating with him in bringing it to reality where we live, work, and play. This is life’s greatest privilege and most solemn responsibility.
Where is God at work around you? Join him along with others who are following the pattern of Jesus and Paul. Take your Timothy or Tammy to learn and to serve together.
I will follow the model of Jesus and Paul.
Our Father, empower us to live lives worthy of imitation. Give us ears to hear your clear instruction. Give us willing and obedient hearts to do what you say. Give us leaders worthy of imitation. Make us disciples others can look to as examples and models who follow close after you. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.