Living by Grace

Dedicated to providing guidance in daily living through the power of God's grace as experienced in our union with Christ.

No Initiation Approach


I can do nothing on My own initiative. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.  John 5:30 (NASB)


While the NASB translation seems more radical because of the words, “I can do nothing on my own initiative,” it also seems to be an accurate presentation of what Jesus means.  


John 14:17 says, the Holy Spirit who “…  dwells with you and will be in you.” The same Holy Spirit who was dwelling in Jesus now dwells in believers. John 16:13 adds, “… when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, … He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.”


Jesus is saying that just as the Holy Spirit in Him speaks the words of the Father to Him, He will do the same for all believers. The Holy Spirit in us speaks the directions of the Father in all situations. That is why Jesus did nothing on His own initiative and why we can and should take the same approach to life.


The thing that makes such a lifestyle so difficult and even foreign to us is our sin nature (our flesh) of thinking we are wise. However, Jesus not only demonstrated for us a life of no initiative, but He made such a life possible by experiencing crucifixion, burial and resurrection as “The Last Adam” (1 Corinthians 15:45).   


In 2 Corinthians 3:6, Paul writes that the New Covenant is a covenant not of law (living in the flesh) but of the Spirit. Life in the New Covenant, is a life of responding to the Spirit as He communicates the will of the Father to us.


Our place is to release the Holy Spirit to speak to us and to respond to Him by living out our oneness with Christ. When we do this, we are living in the “no initiation” approach to life.