So, Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own, but I speak these things as the Father instructed me. And the one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what is pleasing to him.” As he was saying these things, many believed in him.
Words of Hope
If one is to believe the legends of rugged individualists who forged their own path and became self-made men or women, you ignore reality. No one does everything on their own.
As a former FedEx employee, I was very familiar with the founder Fred Smith’s story. He started the company based on a term paper he wrote while at Yale. His system designed for urgent deliveries started in Little Rock but later moved to Memphis and has become a leading air delivery and ground delivery giant. But Fred didn’t do it on his own. He inherited $4 million from his father and got additional cash from venture capitalists to start this company. He also got concessions from Memphis to improve their airport to accommodate his business. He did it with the help of thousands of employees and contractors. He didn’t do it alone and Fred Smith would be the first to acknowledge it.
All of us depend on the actions or words of another as we go through life. From the moment we wake and step out our door, we are dependent on the infrastructure of the cities where we live, the roads, the power grid, the public safety system. We don’t do it on our own.
Jesus acknowledges that he was not doing it alone either. He gives all credit to God and shows his humility by clearly stating so. People believed him because of not just his words and actions, but his humility and humanity.
He also reminds us that we are not alone or apart from God. God does not leave us alone.
May I remember to live with humility and acknowledge that each day I live my life with the help of others and in the presence of a God who will never abandon me.