Over the course of the last year, God has taught me one thing above all others…Jesus said in John 15:5, “Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” Through both incredible joy and intense sorrow, these words have come to mind again and again…apart from me you can do nothing.

I have been considering God’s mission in this world and Jesus’ intense scrutiny of my every motive in Matthew 6, and something transformative has occurred to me. In our last worship service of 2017 I asked you to pick one thing and prayerfully set yourself to do it entirely for God’s glory. As I have sought this in my prayer life, I found myself praying, “I know that I can’t do anything without you, Jesus, but change my heart so I don’t even want to do anything without you!”

I have come to realize how far short I am of God’s glory in my inmost desires. The fact that I cannot do anything without Jesus has not meant that I desire Him in all things. I have found myself repenting of so many ways that I rely on myself or on others for that which only Jesus can provide. At the same time, even as I have found myself falling short, I have found new ways that Jesus is greater than all my sin. He is the one who said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing” (John 5:19), and “I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do.” (John 17:4) Jesus himself is the one who perfectly relied upon God in every motive and action. And it is this righteousness that has become mine in Jesus! And now I find myself more free…free to rely on Christ, not just because I can’t do anything without him, but because I find that I want to rely on Him!

Oh, Father! Set our minds and our hearts wholeheartedly on Your glory, transform us and conform us to Christ—make us fit for Your Kingdom!

In Jesus’ powerful name,

Amen.