HE CAN DO NOTHING ON HIS OWN


“’I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge; and my judgment is just, because I seek to do not my own will but the will of him who sent me. If I testify/bear witness (μαρτυρῶ) about myself, my testimony/witness (μαρτυρία) is not true. There is another who testifies on my behalf, and I know that his testimony to me is true.’” (Jn 5: 30-32)

Here my Lord clarifies a vital aspect of the puzzling phenomena known as God’s “will” and human “will.” Our Triune God’s “will” does not “do” anything in Self-isolation, but only in harmony with Others. Christ reveals to us this purpose of “will,” with which we are also endowed: We are given this divine energy not, as I often do, to exercise it in self-isolation, but to step out of ourselves into harmony with Another and others. Because a misdirection of one’s “will” into self-seeking, when I “seek to do my own will” in imagined self-sufficiency, makes me and everything I say “not true” to my Creator’s purpose.

So let me step out of myself today, that I may “do” as He intends me to, according to His will. He “does” for me, when I am willing to let Him “do” through me. “Thy will be done,” I say to Him today, “on earth as it is in heaven.”

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