“If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him.” Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, ‘Show us the Father.’ Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; otherwise believe because of the works themselves. Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father. Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.” John 14:7-14
My brothers, the call to be Christ-like needs to be clarified. It is not for us to strive toward perfection of behavior; behavior modification is an inevitable result of submission to God. Being Christ-like is to follow His model that was lived out during His time here on earth as a fellow human being. In the above scripture, He outlines His methods.
1. Jesus did nothing of His own initiative
2. Jesus kept Himself open, available and listening for the Father’s instruction
3. Jesus took action on the promptings from His Father
4. Jesus was empowered by the Holy Spirit
In doing this daily, Jesus reflected the nature of His Heavenly Father. He called us to the same, and promised that we would perform the same “works” or miracles that Jesus did. In fact, in this context, He promised that whatever we ask in His name, for this purpose, He would grant.
So, how about it men? How many of us reflect the Father in our everyday life? How many of us are so emptied that the nature of God Himself is seen in us? Yielding is continual, and just when we think we’ve got it figured out, He reveals new ways for us to hand over our “initiative” so He can operate through us. Yielding is this; it is our response to the Father’s illuminating of idols, strongholds, pleasures,fulfillments, monuments, etc, that He wants to replace in our lives. It is only when we yield that we can reflect what the Father wants to be seen through us. We must decrease that He might increase.