Hypotheticals can be kind of fun, I suppose. A friend of mine asked me a hypothetical question recently which took me down an initially humorous and eventually encouraging line of thinking. From the possible or even improbable, we can move towards Truth.
The question was, “Do you think that on a day when Jesus might have been bored, He would just go out and heal somebody for something to do?”
I’m sure that I just offended someone. Sorry.
We kind of laughed and started to talk about this imagination in a little more detail. Jesus was a guy, had friends like Peter and drank wine (although not to a point of drunkenness). He also healed people. The difference was that He was healing as the Father directed. He did what the Father told Him to do, said what the Father told Him to say (John 5:19). In the absence of direction, perhaps He relaxed and had a glass of wine with Peter.
Most well-meaning Christian church folks feel like we have some kind of duty to fill every waking hour with “God’s work.” All too often, we don’t factor God’s intentions or directions before we run off trying to do “good.”
Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” So, according to this, we are created to do good works, but the good works that we are intended to do were prepared by God. He knows our destiny as it fits in His kingdom and He will direct us to those works that He has prepared for us. Running around doesn’t earn us extra credit. We were invited into His rest; not into striving to prove something to Him.
This means that we need to be dependent on the Holy Spirit to direct our steps towards those things that God has prepared to do through us. Sons (and daughters) of God are led by the Spirits of God (Romans 8:14) into the things that those sons (and daughters) are designed to be involved in. As He leads, we follow and in our obedience He will move in power where we would have been bound by the constraints of our skills and resources.