Jesus Followed Orders
“For this [reason] the Father loves Me, because I lay down my [own] life – to take it back again. No one takes it away from Me. On the contrary, I lay it down voluntarily. [I put it from Myself.] I am authorized and have power to lay it down (to resign it) and I am authorized and have power to take it back again. These are the instructions (orders) which I have received [as My charge] from My Father.” (John 10:17-18, AMP)
Jesus tells us that He followed the instructions or orders He had been given by His Father. We know from Scripture that Jesus never did anything or said anything on His own initiative. He always asked for instructions before taking action. He always followed God’s instructions completely no matter what, even on the cross. Lastly, He followed orders with a willing heart.
As I read this verse, I’m reminded of my own relationship with my father. It was very difficult and painful at times, filled with physical and emotional abuse followed by long periods of silence and withdrawal on both sides. I’m confident that I was a good son in many ways, but I failed in comparison to the standard set by Jesus. I confess, I often followed my Dad’s orders out of fear, certainly not because I aimed to please. I obeyed reluctantly with dread and hesitation.
As a Christian, we can turn to Jesus. He set the standard for all father-son relationships, communication, and obedience. As God’s Son, Jesus showed us how to: (1) stop and ask for direction and guidance (2) express love and compassion for others (3) deny self-interests and put others first (4) sacrifice ourselves for the benefit of others (5) walk in excellence and faithfulness (6) speak the truth in love (7) do what is right because it’s right (8) willingly commit our lives to God.
Child of God, I encourage you to ask God to speak to you about His desires for you in terms of father-son relationship and communication. Ask Him to reveal any areas in your life where you need to learn how to willingly obey and follow orders.
Lord, thank You for the life of Jesus and His lessons on being a faithful Son. Jesus, teach me about willing and faithful obedience so that I, like You, might follow Your instructions at all times. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.
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