The word “nothing” should be rarely used. Once this word leaves a person’s mouth there is all the time in the world for someone to prove us wrong.
Jesus used this word nearly 2000 years ago when He explained to His disciples they could never do the will of God on their own. Here is how He used the word:
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5
When we set out to produce what the Father wants, we can do “nothing’ without a living connection to Jesus. 2000 years later no one has found a way to prove Jesus wrong.
Anyone who has ever seriously tried to live the same kind of life Jesus lived always comes to the conclusion they cannot. Only those who have seriously tried to live what the Father wants from us are useful witnesses concerning Jesus’ famous statement. Those who simply want to debate the subject of doing God’s will have no credibility in this debate. Only those who have tried to repeat Jesus’ cooperation with the Father’s will know there is nothing they can do.
According to Jesus, true cooperation with the Father’s will requires direct contact with the kind of life that does the will of God naturally. Jesus called this continuous contact “abiding” or “remaining” in Him like a branch in a vine.
Doing the Father’s will on our own is not natural to us. When we abide in Jesus we can do something instead of nothing. Jesus can enable us to do the will of God fruitfully.
Abide in Him and nothing can become something God wants.