Are you willing to do God's will no matter what?
"As they were gathering in Galilee, Jesus said to them, "The Son of Man is about to be delivered into the hands of men, 23 and they will kill him, and he will be raised on the third day." And they were greatly distressed."
Have you felt great distress and sadness while following Jesus and His will for your life? God's will brings us great distress and sadness at times. Jesus experienced this same distress when the time came for Him to do His Father's will to pay the price of sin by dying a gruesome death on a cross and taking on the Wrath of God for the sin of the world.
In Matthew 26:38-39 Jesus said to them, "My soul is very distressed, even to death; remain here and watch with Me. And going a little farther He fell on His face and prayed saying, 'My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.'"
When God's will brings us great distress, we are to imitate Jesus. He acknowledged His distress to His Father in prayer and even asked to have God's will changed. Yet, Jesus trusted His Father enough to know His will was best for everyone.
Jesus knew the truth.
Even though Jesus did not desire to experience the pain of God's will, His ultimate desire was to do God's will even if it meant dying because He trusted God knew best.
The Apostle Paul imitated Jesus. Check out 2 Timothy 2:10, "Therefore, I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory." Also Acts 20:24, "But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of God's grace."
We are to imitate Paul as He imitated Jesus (1 Corinthians 11:1). All of us must be willing to suffer great distress doing God's will, this will lead to an abundant life.
If we always choose the most comfortable way and are not willing to suffer doing God's will we will miss out on the abundant life God has planned for us. Think about if Jesus decided the cross was to painful. There would be no hope, no peace, no salvation.
Will you do God's will no matter what?
If yes, then the church is unstoppable. Abundant and eternal life will multiply around us. If no, then wickedness, death and eternal torment will multiply while all people seek their personal comfort and pain free life.
I'm asking Jesus to help me be like Him even if it causes me great distress and even death. Why? I know the best is yet to come.
Are you pursuing comfort over God's will? Do you trust God, really?
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