“Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work” (John 14:10).
Believing is not something as special and difficult or even unusual as we often suppose. Believing means that what we listen to, we listen to as God’s speech. What moves us is not just our concern, but precisely God’s concern. What causes me to worry, that is God’s worry; what gives me joy is God’s joy; what I hope for is God’s hope. In other words, in all that I am, I am only a party to that which God thinks and does. In all that I do, it is not I, but rather God who is important.
Imagine if everything were brought into this great and proper connection, if we were willing to suffer, be angry, love and rejoice with God, instead of always wanting to make everything our own private affair, as if we were alone. Just imagine if we were to adapt everything that gratifies and moves us into the life and movement of God’s kingdom, so that we personally are, so to speak, taken out of the play. But in everything, do it no longer from yourself, but rather form God! Everything great that is hidden in you can indeed be great only in God. Don’t you think we would learn to talk with one another if we would cease speaking about our own separate concerns; if the human would cease putting itself in front of the divine?
What would happen to us if we approached each other thinking: what he is saying is not on his own, but rather on a higher authority, not because he wants to, but because he must. Wouldn’t we then once and for all find the words, the right words? Might we not be able to truly hear and understand? God’s thoughts are in us and over us. Yet we must learn to believe, believe that everything depends upon the God that stands behind us; we are in his hand.
Adapted from Watch for the Light by Karl Barth