The regular readers have probably noted that this weeks posts have a somewhat of a theme to them. I guess it’s just a reflection of my thought process and time with God this week. I determined on Sunday to really spend some time in reflection on what this week means. What Friday means and why those that follow Christ celebrate on Easter Sunday. Almost audibly Sunday, the five words “Not my will but yours” came to mind. So I have zeroed in on that passage.
“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done”. (Luke 22:42)
I have blogged about challenges and trials this year and also noted that not only have we grown up, but our problems and the things we face have too. In all of this adversity, I am challenged by the question “have I grown up spiritually as well”? What has the refining process taught me? Have I learned to stand in the face of something I don’t want to do and say “Lord, if you are willing, I would rather not go through this; yet not my will but yours be done.”? I’m not sure I have.
When it comes to will power, I am the equivalent of a “strong willed child”. Maybe I never outgrew it. If I set my mind to something, I can be as determined and focused as anyone. That is a blessing and a curse. It really all depends on how and where it’s applied. When I look in the mirror, am I willing to say “no matter what the cost, the struggle, the valley, not my will but yours”? Can I apply my strong will to anything I may face that is the Lords will and not my own? Can I say, with confidence, “I don’t have a clue why this is happening, I don’t see the end game, but not my will, but yours”?
If I need an example and inspiration, I need look no further then the cross and the empty tomb.
“My Will” by DC Talk