“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”

—Jesus Christ

The impact of a single life that is fully devoted to God cannot be overstated. When believers become Christ-focused instead of church or self-focused, that’s when we’re able to make God real to others.

Christ showed us the power of surrender when He said these words that will resound throughout eternity. “Not my will…” How many of us can freely echo those words each day of our life? Is our time at God’s disposal? Do our talents belong to Him alone?

Christ’s example challenges us to rise above ourselves and mold our nature to His own. Like Christ, we are in this world to display the glory of God. It’s not about us; it’s about HIM. Without that “death” to ourselves, there can be no “resurrection” of Christ’s life in us.

Submitting to the will of God is not easy—as Jesus also showed us when His sweat became like blood. Confessing our wrongs, forgiving others or resisting popular opinion to stand with God’s Word is never easy, is it?

I’ll be honest and say it’s not.

But it’s what Christ’s Church was born to do.

As we approach Good Friday, let us not only consider what surrender cost the Son of God but let us also ask ourselves if we are willing to surrender our will to our Heavenly Father every day.

JP Robinson

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