In John 15:5, Jesus says something remarkable, he says, “apart from me you can do nothing”. How much can you do without Him? Nothing! So, what is anything you can do without Him? Nothing! There is nothing of any eternal significance you and I can do without remaining in Jesus Christ.
It is amazing how you and I can be very busy in life doing nothing! Have you ever thought about this? Jesus says in John 6:63b that the flesh (meaning everything we do apart from Jesus) counts for nothing! If we don’t understand this principle, we could spend a lifetime in the ‘service of Jesus’, doing nothing! What is the antidote for this? When we through the Holy Spirit understand that the life we live as born-again believers is of Christ, and it is to Christ and every moment that we are here on earth must be living in perfect submission to Christ (Holy Spirit of God). This is what Paul meant when he said, “For me to live is Christ” (Phil 1:21a).
Remember the only person that God acknowledges with the right to live in each of us as born-again believers is Jesus Christ. The old flesh has been crucified with Jesus Christ (meaning its dead as dead could be) and the life you and I now live in flesh we live by faith in Jesus Christ (Gal 2:20). As believers of Jesus Christ the divine calling into which each one of us are born again is to be God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do (Eph:2:10). This can only be fulfilled with the energy, power and wisdom of the Holy Spirit who lives in us. This is a critical truth we need to grasp.