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Jesus Was Willing; Are You?

God is the Creator of this vast universe of which humans have never reached the end. I have to chuckle each time we discover some new planet out there how we are not much different from the folks who thought the earth was flat. God reveals His glory in creation. Every time we think we have it all figured out, He shows us that there is more to discover. He is definitely the God who has it all. There is only one thing He wants in this creation. It is the one thing He doesn't have and that He can't create for Himself. It is your willing heart. Only you can give Him what He wants.

He never wanted robots to rule for Him. That is why He had to put the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the middle of the garden. Without it, Adam and Eve were not really willing to obey and love Him. Jesus knows the Father intimately. He knows what the Father wanted of Him more than anything else. He knew that willingness would bless the God He loved.

Jesus was willing to leave the comforts of heaven and take the form of a human. This was a humbling experience, but as Paul tells us, He did not think of His nature as God something to be grasped (Philippians 2:6). He was willing to make Himself nothing. Sometimes we overlook the relevance of Jesus’ willingness to come to us as a human infant. We don't understand just what He had to give up in order to make that connection with us. It would be like you or me wanting to save cockroaches, so we took on their form.

The events of the cross show Jesus’ willingness. Back in the Upper Room He told the disciples; I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God (Luke 22:15-16). There is no hesitation noted in Jesus as He institutes the new sacrament by which the disciples and all Christians after this night would remember His death on the cross. He shows us His trust in His Father's willingness to prevent pain and heartache in His life if at all possible when He prayed that the Father would take this cup from Him. Even though fully acquainted with the cost of His willingness, He told God He was willing to go to the Cross for God and for us. He was willing to be mocked and mistreated at the trials rather than call down the legions of angels who would have rescued Him from the mayhem. His ultimate willingness to suffer was demonstrated when from the cross He called out; My God, My God, why have you forsaken me? (Matthew 27:46). Jesus lived His life in willingness before God.

What about you? Are you willing to follow God's plan even if it costs you your personal ambition? Are you willing to be humble and carry your cross (your mission from God)? There was nothing that pleased God more than the willing trust of Jesus. Does your life please Him? Does your willing submission to His plan for your life bring joy in heaven?



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