So Jesus answered them by saying, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, the Son is able to do nothing of Himself (of His own accord); but He is able to do only what He sees the Father doing, for whatever the Father does is what the Son does in the same way [in His turn].
I've been thinking on this verse for awhile. Jesus was only able (chose) to do what the Father was doing. That means he only healed those the Father wanted him to heal. He only went where the Father wanted him to go. He only confronted those the Father wanted him to confront. He only taught what the Father wanted him to teach. So basically, he had to hear the Father to obey the Father. And he had to spend time with the Father to hear him.
It's quite remarkable when you think about it. Jesus was God. But he chose to limit himself so he could teach us how to do this life. So everything Jesus did is possible for you and me. But what most of us are missing is the alone time with the Father to hear him...to even be able to act on what He wants us to do.
This is my New Year's Resolution. Really, my New LIFE resolution. I want to get my marching orders every day from the Father. I want to spend time alone with Him to hear him. I want to be so intimate with Him that He can tell me to "turn right" during my day and I will hear him say it. My problem isn't really obedience. I'm pretty quick to obey...when I hear Him. But too many things in my life have crowded out the Father's voice. When confronted with difficult situations or difficult people, I want to be able to ask the Father, "What now? What do you want me to do?" And I want to hear His answer. I want to see how different my life can be when I'm focused on hearing God every single day and every moment of the day. I also think it will take out some of the frustrations in my life when I'm so focused on what I want...or what I want to do or say.
I want to be like Jesus and only do what the Father is doing...and in the same way. ( I want to have His attitude while I obey.) This will be a game-changer.
"Whoever is of God listens to God. [Those who belong to God hear the words of God.] This is the reason that you do not listen [to those words, to Me]: because you do not belong to God are not of God in harmony with Him." John 8:47
"The sheep that are My own hear are listening to My voice; and I know them, and they follow Me." John 10:27