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Not My Will

It’s striking to consider Jesus’ will being apart or different than God the Father’s will.

After all, He came to do the will of the Father. That’s how Jesus lived His life on earth to the end. And yet, in the last days, Jesus exposes a gap.

He exposes it through a desperate cry out to his Abba – “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.” Consider Jesus’ heart and his vulnerability.

Exposing that His will might be different from God’s makes space for us to pull in closer to King Jesus and learn. His final days on Earth offer us more than an example.

He leads us to a deeper relationship where we can acknowledge our choice, seek God’s heart, cry out and say, “Not my will but yours be done.”

Let’s dive in.

Highlights:

Your choice to echo his words comes out of union with Jesus and fosters union with Him.

Obedience can cause suffering, can make things hard, involves a cost; it helps to know Jesus is in it with us.

Jesus said “yes” to the Father’s will when He didn’t want to.  As Jesus decided, His decision became a gift for you now.

In the moments, big or small, where you find your will is not aligned with what God is asking you to do: recognize it, don’t beat yourself up, take comfort and look for Jesus in the midst of it.

Homework:

And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.” -Matthew 26:39

“Abba! Father! All things are possible for You; remove this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what You will.” -Mark 14:36

“Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.” -Luke 22:42


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