Not My Will
In Luke 22:42 we read about Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. Listen to those timeless words that fall from trembling lips, “Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” I think we often overlook the significance of what happened in Gethsemane, but as it relates to our redemption nothing could be more important. If Calvary is the door to salvation, Gethsemane was the hinge.
Where Adam failed in the Garden of Eden, Jesus prevailed in the Garden of Gethsemane. And the key to Christ’s victory here was the secret of His whole life, embodied in those seven immortal words, “Not my will, but thine, be done.” This was the unvarying posture of His heart. He was always living and walking in perfect submission to the will of God. Everywhere Jesus went, He taught about the kingdom, but He didn’t just talk about it, He demonstrated it!
“Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” was not Jesus’s hopeful musing for an imaginary utopia. Jesus fulfilled His own prayer and showed us how it will be answered. Through Jesus, God’s will was being done on earth as it is in heaven, and this is what God desires to do through our lives as well. But it all begins when we come to a place where our will is submitted to God’s. It is in this place of submission that we will discover and fulfill God’s will for our lives.
This is Daniel Kolenda
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