True Surrender

White Bulb by Carly Ogletree

Luke 23:46

And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, into You hands I commit My spirit,” Having said this, He breathed His last.

In our minds and hearts, we have so many plans and desires. We have so many things that we want to see happen or make happen. We have places we want to go and things we want to do. And I believe most of the things we want are good but are they God’s best?

Jesus was about His Father’s business at all times. He knew who He was, why He was here, and what needed to be done for the sake of humanity. He was 100% God and 100% man. And in His humanity, like ours, He desired good but He chose to fulfill God’s best. See, Jesus wasn’t a robot. He could feel, think, and have emotions just like we do. But He chose to surrender Himself in every way to the will of God, even to the point of death. Jesus understood the big picture. He knew that at the end of the day it wasn’t about what He desired in His humanity but rather what needed to be fulfilled in His deity. He taught us the way of a surrendered life. He taught us the way to live committed and submitted to things of God, even to the point of death. He even taught us how to pray in submission,

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”

Jesus was Kingdom minded at all times, He was mindful of the Father’s will because He understood that that is the only thing that truly matters. He understood that by surrendering Himself, even to the point of death, there was something greater than Himself that would be accomplished by His obedience.

Jesus didn’t want to die. He asked the Lord three times to take the cup of death from Him but concluded His plea with this,

“Nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will”

There are things that we want in life, good things even, that we have to lay aside for the will of our Father. It wasn’t a bad thing for Jesus to not want to die this death. It’s not a bad thing for you to want be provision, or companionship, or health. But our hearts should always be centered around: Nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will. That means if it comes to pass, great! But even if it doesn’t, Lord you are still good. Even if what we want doesn’t happen, we must understand that God’s plan is better and has greater purpose than we can imagine.

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