September 5, 2014
You know the arcade game, where mechanical moles pop their heads out of a number of different openings. The object of the game is to whack as many of them as you can before they disappear back into their holes. The bobbing insectivores increase their tempo as the game proceeds, all but making it impossible to succeed.
Does it sometimes feel like you’re playing Whack-a-mole with all the problems in your life, and there’s just no way to keep up? No matter how many you whack, there are more and more waiting right behind?
I don’t think Jesus played Whack-a-mole. And it’s not because he didn’t have a lot going on. There was always a need to be met: healing, saving, feeding, raising the dead, teaching, preaching. Day in and day out. But he was the epitome of grace and truth. He even said to his followers to “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matt. 11:28) How was he able to be so productive, so compassionate, so effective under all that pressure?
Jesus explained it this way: “The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.” (John 5:19) He knew that his heavenly Father was the do-er.
Do you have that view of your relationship with God? Is He the chief do-er and you are His obedient and humble servant? Do you do only as He does?
In the first chapter of Genesis, we are told that God created His children in His image, as His likeness. Jesus knew that, and he mirrored forth God’s power and presence in all ways. He was so convinced that he could only do what His heavenly Father did, that he said “I and my Father are one.” (John 10:30)
This revolutionary view of his relationship with God was not just for his own benefit however. He proclaimed, “He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do.” (John 14:12) Jesus knew that his followers were one with God, just as he was. And he told them so: “as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us.” (John 17:21)
That oneness is right at hand, already operating. Your relationship with God is intact, and He is ready and willing to do what needs to be done, no matter how long the list is. As soon as you give up the false responsibility of having to do it yourself, that list begins to evaporate. God’s will is done, His kingdom come, as Jesus promised. (Matt. 6:10) This is what Immanuel is – God with us, here and now.
So, no more Whack-a-mole. You and your Father are one.
Melissa Hayden is a Christian Science practitioner in Salem, OR. You can find more information and additional articles at this link. If you like what you’re reading, click the “add me” button.