Whose will are we really accomplishing?
John 6:38 – For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.
When Jesus prayed in the garden of Gethsemane before His arrest and crucifixion, He went to the Father three times in three hours, praying the same prayer each time. We never see Him praying the same prayer three times before. Why would He do it this time. It is because He was wrestling with the greatest personal opposition He would ever face – His personal desires. He knew what was coming, and NOTHING of his senses or personal desire wanted to face the torment that was before. So three times in as many hours He cried to the Father, “If it is possible, let this come pass from Me; nevertheless, not My will, but Thine be done.” Personal desires can be incredibly strong.
Believers as individuals, and the church as local bodies and in its corporate identity, are at a critical time in our history relating to the decisions we make. While our decisions have always carried eternal importance, in the past we may have had some time to correct and live down bad or ill-directed ones. But at this hour, that become super critical. We are closer to the coming of Jesus than ever before. I am convinced we are surely living in the end-times. Our decisions have become more critical than ever. To that end I propose the following question for your thorough consideration. Whose will are you following?
We all have desires. Our flesh, our comfort, our personal desires all play a role in our decision-making process. It did with Jesus, too. He did not want to go to Calvary, nor did He in any way desire what would immediately precede or follow that date with Father’s will. But He bowed His desire, His will, to that of Father. You see, He also knew the greater outcome of the days that would follow. In this hour, you and I MUST give ourselves to the Word of God in greater measure than we have ever done. We need to have our focus on the ultimate outcome revealed through Father’s Word, and by that and through faith, we MUST bow our desires, our will, to Father’s. Jesus has already paid the price for our redemption and victory. Jesus’ suffering was ours; now ours must be His. We know His will for our living redemption, but the joy and ease of that living redemption (healed, delivered, prospered, free) can be SO ENJOYED by our senses that our senses begin to captivate our will. I enjoy healing, deliverance, and prosperity; all my freedoms in Christ. But am I willing to invest my time, treasure, talent, and testimony to carry out Father’s will toward the world? That means putting MY OWN words, works, and pleasures to the side and engage fully in Father’s Words, Works, and Pleasures. It’s not about my will; it’s about His.
Manna for Today – John 6:22-59; Matthew 26:39; Luke 22:42; Hebrews 12:1-3; Isaiah 58:6-14