“For as the Father has life in himself, so he has given to the Son to have life in himself.”
As I walked yesterday, I was reminded of these words that Jesus said. They mean something for us also. “The Father has given to the Son to have life in himself.” The Father has given to the Son. And the Father has given to us to have Life in ourselves, in and through Christ. That is through the eating of the bread of Life and drinking of the Inner Spring. As sons, he has given to us the possibility, and in eating and drinking of Jesus, the reality of Life in ourselves. But with this comes a responsibility. As mature sons, we have a responsibility to use the life that the Father has given to us.
“For as the Father rouses the dead and makes them alive, even so the Son makes alive those whom he is willing.”
Firstly, we have a responsibility to make alive those who are “dead.” That’s what the Father does. That’s what Jesus does. That’s what mature sons do. Through the Life of the Son given to us by the Father, as sons we have this responsibility. But here is something interesting.
“even so the Son makes alive those whom he is willing.”
Life flows. It is not something that can be forced upon anyone. Life is given and Life is received. Our choice, our willingness to make alive, comes from seeing what the Father is doing and doing that. If the Father is doing it, we are doing it. It’s not a hard choice in the end. And Jesus can never be forced to give Life. He is not for forcing! Those who tried to force Jesus to be king found something out. Jesus withdraws when you try to force him to do something that is not his Father’s will.
And even Jesus could do no mighty work in some places, simply because he, the Life, wasn’t received. Oneness with the Father means being able to make the choice, being willing to make alive those who are dead but who are willing to receive. Being able to see those who receive us, who in turn receive Jesus, who in turn receive the Father.
To give Life to whom we will is simply to see where Life will be received, just as the Father, who looks at the heart, sees. It’s about seeing what the Father sees, and knowing “no man after the flesh.” It’s about seeing an open and receptive heart to the Life within us. Life cannot be forced in where it is not received.
A receptive heart was the open door for Jesus to make people alive. A receptive heart is the open door for us too. It’s why he says,
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come into him and eat with him, and he with me.”
A receptive heart is the open door to communion with Jesus. It is the door to oneness with the Father, as he and Jesus will come in and make their home in us. Life enters into a person only when they open the door to him, the door which is a receptive heart. Life at work through us is received only when a person opens the door to receive us, the door which is a receptive heart. At times it can feel like we are left standing at the door and knocking too!
Let us be fully conscious of what we have through this oneness with the Father. He has given us to have Life in ourselves through Christ in us. And he has given to us the responsibility to make alive those whom we will.
So let us confidently choose to make alive those whom we are willing through the Life at work within us, by doing what we see the Father doing, and by seeing the open door to us, a receptive spirit. We have Life to share as we eat the bread of Life and drink from the Inner Spring.