I can of Myself do nothing.
And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him.
For I have not spoken on My Own authority; but the Father Who sent Me gave Me a Command, what I should say and what I should speak.
God held the reins during Christ's walk on Earth. He guided His Son continually, and the Son always obeyed the Father.
Jesus said clearly and repeatedly that He did nothing by personal choice- nor personal strength. Instead, He did what was pleasing to God. No matter how difficult it would be.
'Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will' (Mark 14:36).
Consider the Apostle Paul's meeting with Jesus on the road to Damascus: 'Suddenly a light shone around him from Heaven' (Acts 9:3).
It knocked this passionate persecutor to the ground. The Lord said, 'I am Jesus, Whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads' (Acts 9:5).
A 'goad' is a sharp piece of iron stuck into the end of a stick.' (It's used to prod or spur an animal.)* So...
Paul kicked against God's authority like a misdirected, obstinate mule. Sadly, he was heeding the wrong master (namely, the arrogant Jewish rulers).
But after Paul's encounter with Jesus, this Jewish Pharisee's XL passion refocused to follow and serve the Christ.
## The Reins: Jesus & Paul (Part 1)
* Barnes Notes on the Bible
NOTE: This is a 2022 update of a 2012 Carey Lewis Devotion. You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players. Mostly true. But you're not merely players. You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Reins series.