Not My Will, but Thine, be done. Luke 22:42
There is nothing in this world, in this universe, that God will ever ask us to do that can come close to what awaited Jesus when He uttered these words. The betrayal, the beatings, the rejection by popular vote of His people, the separation from His Father… all part of an event too obscene for words to even come close to adequately capturing for our mental reconstruction.
Knowing this, that He was facing the greatest test ever, Jesus asked for a way out. David vs Goliath, the Israelites vs Pharaoh’s Army, the three Hebrews vs Nebuchadnezzar… no other situation can touch what Jesus was facing; and He gave us a wonderful gift in His example of submission.
We’re in what appears to be an unprecedented age of worship of self. At every turn, there are appeals to ‘my will’. The Internet, in particular, has grown up into a sophisticated marketing platform that literally studies us so that the offers we receive to buy stuff are tailored to what appeals most to ‘my will’.
If there ever was an age that promoted self-interest as much as our world does, today, Noah and his family were the only ones who survived it.
Much of the problems that Christians face are the result of focusing on ‘what do I want’. When we satisfy the will of our own hearts, we aren’t sinning against ourselves and others as much as we’re sinning against God. Look at the declaration of Joseph, when he had opportunity to have his way with his master’s wife: “how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?”
For the Christian, the answer to “whose will do you do?” is binary. Either your focus is on doing God’s Will or it’s not. His sheep serve Him. The goats (that is, everyone else) serve themselves, or money, or other people, or their government, or… We all have many ‘hats’, many roles and responsibilities. My plea with you, here, is: whatever role you happen to be filling at any given time, do your best work and let it be known that you perform excellently simply because it’s what God expects of you.
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To Your Health and For His Glory!
Brother Tony O
THE Christian Internet Marketing Consultant