Father, Not My Will, But Yours, Be Done.

Matthew 26:36-44; Luke 22:42

God wants you to be mature. Three times in the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus prayed to God the Father saying Not as I will, but as You will” – “Your will be done.

Jesus committed Himself to do the Father’s will, whatever the cost. Jesus demonstrated a determination to do the Father’s will, without reluctance. *This is the attitude of a true, spiritually mature believer. Maturity is understanding that the Father’s will may not always be the convenient thing to do (it wasn’t convenient for Jesus to go to the cross); however, it is always the honorable and mature thing to do. Jesus understood that the Father’s will was the Best will for His life.

John 18:11 NKJV Shall I not drink the cup which My Father has given Me?

God never said going to the cross would be an enjoyable experience.

Luke 22:44 NKJV And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of Blood falling down to the ground“.

Maturity is trusting the Father’s will, even unto the point of giving up your life to Him. Just like Jesus’ obedience and commitment to do the Father’s will resulted in a joy that exceeds the pain He suffered (Hebrews 12:2); so also does the joy of your obedience and faithfulness to God’s will for your life exceeds the pain of any sacrifice you make in doing it.

Trust God and say “Father, not my will, but Your will be done.”

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