To think that Jesus was “willing” to lay down His life for us. He spoke the world into existence and with one word He could’ve spoken and His enemies would’ve fled and He could’ve dodged the cross. But this wasn’t the plan. No, not at all. The plan was always the cross.
“Not my will, but Yours be done.” (Luke 22:42) Whoa. These words came off the lips of Jesus, but I am challenged, do they come off of mine? I am taken by the scene in the garden as Jesus fought through in anguish over the cup that He was about to drink, the very cup of death on our behalf. He fought through, in the flesh. He understands the struggle to surrender. In the end He uttered these words, “Your will, not mine,” and He commits His way into God’s hands.
Do you ever wonder God’s will for your life? Do you ponder your purpose? I do. For He designed us with kingdom purpose. Sometimes I worry that I will miss it, but mostly I am learning that I have to want it and surrender to it. The plan was always the cross. Is this the plan for us too? Jesus said, “If anyone come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24)
“Jesus said, “My food is to do the will of him who sent Me and to accomplish His work.” (John 4:34) Jesus modeled surrender. How will we respond? Is this our food too? To surrender to God’s purpose? To His will? To accomplish His work? Are you hungry to surrender?
Lord, grow our desire to live in You and for You. Your perfect plan over ours. Our surrender. Our food. Day by day. Let us live in word and deed for Your name’s sake. Amen & Alleluia.
“Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest.” (John 4:34-35) Jesus says, “the time is now to surrender to My plans.”