I’d like to take you back to the place where it all started; before Judas gave Jesus the kiss of betrayal, before Pontius Pilate sentenced Him to death, before He was beaten beyond recognition, before He was mocked and spat on by the crowd, and before He was nailed to the cross.
Let’s go to the Garden of Gethsemane (meaning “oil press”). Christ in deep agony, sweating drops of blood, pleaded with His Father for another way to reverse the curse of sin. Three different times He asked His Father “…let this cup pass from me.” Nevertheless, Jesus surrendered to His Father with the knowledge of what He would have to endure. In full obedience He said, “…not My will, but Your will be done.”
I can only imagine the inner turmoil Jesus went through before He arrived at the place of total surrender. “Not My will, but Yours” must have been the hardest prayer for Jesus to pray. Christ was ultimately saying, “If this pain and suffering I’m going to endure fulfills your purpose, then that’s what I want to do.” Before God’s plan to save humanity could be put in motion, the surrender of Jesus’ will would have to take place. Because Jesus made the decision to surrender His will to His father and fulfill His purpose we can now have eternal life. Jesus set an example for us to follow.
We have all been faced with “cups” that we wish God had not placed in front of us. Sometimes surrendering your will to God is harder than the actual trial, especially if the initial outcome is not desired. But when we surrender in absolute trust in our Father, like Jesus did in Gethsemane, we find a peace that our all-knowing, loving, gracious Father is working everything out for our good (Romans 8:28).
Maybe you’re not facing a trial, but you’re holding on to something that is keeping you from fulfilling your purpose; God’s will for your life. The first step to walking into God’s will is surrendering all things and removing of hindrances from your life (Hebrews 12:1).
Perhaps, you have never surrendered your life to the Lord at all. Here’s your opportunity. It is simply a matter of repenting and placing your faith in Jesus Christ as the one who paid the penalty of your sin. A prayer to pray, “God, I know that I’m a sinner and in need of a Savior. Forgive me of my sins. I believe your son died for my sins and rose from the dead. I invite you, Jesus, to come into my life. I surrender my will to Yours. I will trust and follow You, Amen.”
“All to Jesus, I surrender, All to Him I freely give; I will ever love and trust Him, In His presence daily live. I surrender all, I surrender all; All to thee, my blessed Savior, I surrender all.”
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