Devotions By Jan

Independence Day

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04_independence_day_blurayScripture for Today: John 5:30 “I can do nothing on My own initiative.  As I hear, I judge; and My own judgement is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.”

Today is Independence Day and the remake of the 1996 popular movie of the same name has been released just in time!  This is one of my favorite films where the entire world comes together to fight the aliens.  Every country on earth is threatened so all differences are put aside to unite against the common enemy.  Independence from one another is forgotten in the struggle for independence from the enemy!

Our verse for today speaks about a very unique relationship between God the Father and God the Son.  The notion of independence has no place.  Jesus does nothing independently of the Father’s will.  He does nothing of His own initiative but only what He is directed to do by the Father.  They are One.

The desire for independence is a strong one.  It is highly valued in most cultures.  But in the spiritual realm this desire works against me.  Christ prayed that we would be one with Him and the Father in John 17:21.  Being one does not leave much room for being independent.  Jesus says in John 15:5 that without Him we can do nothing.  Being connected is essential to do anything of eternal value.

My desire for independence keeps me from leaning on Him, asking His direction, or turning to Him for help.  My pride feeds this desire to go my own way.  But when I depend on Him rather than myself, I can live out His purposes for me and live an abundant life of true meaning.

Lord, keep me from wanting to be independent from You!


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