Wow, it is that time of year again! For Christians like me, today (Palm Sunday) marks the start of Holy Week, the most important week in our faith. As I reflected on Christ’s triumphant ride into Jerusalem, I wondered what he was thinking?
By the end of the week, He would be crucified for all of our sins. To know you were marching into the city that you would ultimately die in, had to be interesting. I can’t even image the weight of it all. In anguish, Jesus found himself in Mt. Olives praying passionately to God:
“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground (Luke 22:42-44, NIV).
Jesus was tasked by God to carry out a specific assignment. But yet, He didn’t really want to do it. He knew his death would be horrible and drawn out. Crucifixion is not a quick death. After being nailed or tied to a cross, it typically takes several hours or days to die. Usually a person will die from a combination of heart failure or suffocation.
If I was Jesus, I would have been praying earnestly and sweating profusely. But Jesus was resolute.
Not my will, Father, but thine.
Like Jesus, there are many times in our lives when we will have to “die to ourselves” and do things that we really don’t want to do. However, those very things show that we are in obedience to God and operate in His will and not our own.
What do I mean?
Well, sometimes you will need to get up early and go to the gym, study, etc. even though your flesh tells you to stay in bed.
Sometimes you will have to be a bigger person and extend an olive branch to the person that wronged you.
Sometimes, you have to eat a healthy option versus the junk food.
You get my drift. That still, small voice will speak to you and encourage you to be obedient.
Will you heed the call?
During this holy of holiest weeks, I encourage you to join me in obeying the call. Please take time to sit in quiet to hear what the Holy Spirit would have you do.
Not my will, God but thine.
Being in the will of God is the very best place to be in life. I have made many mistakes in my own life doing what I wanted and then asking God to bless it. Begging him for it to be in His will, even though my gut was telling me no. I have learned that the times that I do step out of my own way, have a seat, and remain at peace, God has worked a marvelous thing in my life.
Exceedingly and abundantly above all that I can hope or ask for.
But it is something that I daily have to do.
Daily, I place my relationship, my worries, my fears, my hopes and dreams into God’s hands.
So come along with me on my daily walk this week. Let it Go and Let God show you His will for your life.
There are times when it won’t be pleasant, but God ultimately promised us that he would make everything work together for our good (Romans 8:28).
Have a wonderful week!