"Your Will, Not Mine"

“O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” Matthew 26:38

Sometimes, we think that just because something is the will of God, it’s going to be easy.  There was an old gospel song by James Cleveland that said: “nobody told me that the road would be easy, but I don’t believe he brought me this far to leave me.”  Just because you are in the will of God doesn’t mean that it is comfortable or easy.

The night before this day that we call Good Friday, Jesus had to wrestle with his own mind and his own will to bring it into subjection to the will of his Father.  Sometimes, obeying God and doing what he requires of us is scary, uncomfortable and even painful: whether it’s tithing our income when we need the money for something else; forgiving someone who has wronged us; or simply going to church when you would rather sleep or head to the beach.  The will of God is not always comfortable or convenient.

Yet, nothing we go through or are asked to do can possibly be more uncomfortable, inconvenient, scary or more painful than being crucified on a cross.  Yet, Jesus made the decision to do what God the Father, wanted him to do for us. The Bible says that he “became obedient”, which means that it was a process to obey.  

With that being said, let’s make up our minds to push past our flesh, or own comfort and our own convenience so that we too can please the father and do his will.  Let’s get it settled: “Your will, not mine.” When we do so, there will be promotion and increase on the other side of our obedience.

Bishop Herbert Bailey

Meditation Scriptures: Heb. 11:6; Phil. 2:5, 8; Job