“I can do nothing on My own initiative. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.” John 5:30
John 5:30 has such a simple message that many of us have heard so often it is common place to blurt out “not my will but your’s Lord” in the midst of any challenging decision or circumstance. But do we mean that when we say it or does it just sound good? And if we really mean it, then why wait for the big/challenging issues to use this train of thought? What if each and every day we started our day off by speaking this verse out loud and meaning it from the depth of our souls? What if the moment you sat up in bed each day, the first words out of your mouth were, “I can’t do a solitary thing on my own: I listen, then I decide. You can trust my decision because I’m not out to get my own way but only to carry out orders.” (the Message)How much easier every moment, every mundane task and decision would be if we completely removed our own will and selfish ambition and exclusively consulted the Lord and upon His answer, we immediately “carried out His orders.” Are you able to simply listen and carry out His orders?
Challenge: Each morning this week, recite John 5:30 when you wake up and throughout the day as you make big and small decisions. I would love for you to check back in and let me know how it went!