“I desire that you relate My Word with an urgency in your heart. Become aware of this. I am calling you to move from religious activity and maintain a walk of integrity as you present Jesus to others. Align your life and your words with My Word. Before you will be able to do that, you must align your heart with My heart. That is a logical decision, not an emotional, religious concept. Shake off foolish teachings and traditional habits and open your life to My desires.
"Draw close to Me and realize what I am doing in your midst. You will see that I am calling your generation to pattern yourselves after the life of Jesus, as I have done with every generation before. You, however, can look back through the corridors of time and see that little is to be done before all things are completed. Grasp the importance of that knowledge. Now move as if you were living in urgent times. You are.”
John 5:19 AMP
So Jesus answered them by saying, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, the Son is able to do nothing of Himself (of His own accord); but He is able to do only what He sees the Father doing, for whatever the Father does is what the Son does in the same way [in His turn].
John 15:5 AMP
I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing.
I Cor. 11:1 NIV
Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.
Eph. 5:1 AMP
THEREFORE BE imitators of God [copy Him and follow His example], as well-beloved children [imitate their father].
Being a true Christian is not really very complicated. We are to simply embrace the life of Jesus and go to our Father in heaven and trust Him to make our lives like His.
As simple as that may sound, at first, few of us ever really learn how to do it. We love to read about Jesus and understand the importance of being like Him. Then we make a big mistake. Somewhere down deep within our carnal self, we say, “I can do that,” or at least, “I can look like I’m doing that.” Once that is in our hearts, we cast aside the humility needed to really become like Jesus. We become a religious façade, rather than a humble, teachable tool in the hands of our Father.
Each of us needs to go back to basics with our Father and humble ourselves. We need to admit to the truth and say, “I can’t do that. Only You can do that in me.”
Think of the arrogance of the “I can do that” statement and compare it with the “I do nothing of myself” words of Jesus. He relied completely on His Father for everything, doing nothing of Himself. How can we have the audacity to think that there is something in our flesh that is capable of helping God?
Armed with a working understanding of our desperate need for the Lord to accomplish any good thing in us, we can approach this life of being a Christian with a clear head and an honest heart with God. Having allowed the Lord to demolish the arrogant wall of self sufficiency, we can begin the journey of allowing Him to work other truths in us - by His power, not ours. Along the way we will begin to really know Him, His heart, and the urgency of the times that He wants to impart to us.
Please do it in me, Lord,