Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me. 39He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will” – Matthew 26:38
At the time of His arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus’ agony and sorrow became more and more intense in His heart. He had just finished the Passover Supper with the disciples, and He was aware that this was the last meal that they would share together before His crucifixion. In the scripture above, in essence, Jesus prayed, “Father if you can find any other way to redeem men, then do not make me go through this. I don’t want to do this: but if you want me to…I’ll die on a cross for the world.
“It’s not what I want: it’s what You want.”
There are many times in the life of the believer where what he has to do as a believer is not what he wants to do as a person. However, when you have to do what you don’t want to do:
- Be honest with God. When we’re honest with God, God has a way of showing up and giving us the help that we need.
- Enhance your spiritual desires. The best way to overcome one desire is with a stronger desire.
- Pray. Prayer is spiritual therapy. Pray until you feel the power and the presence of Almighty God; pray until the Holy Ghost shows up and takes over the prayer. When God shows up, He gives you power and strength, and every problem is resolved. “Praying through” will help you to go through!
- Find the joy in what you have to do. God’s presence can bring you joy. When you know you’re pleasing God; when you know that God will bring you through: even though it might be painful or unpleasant, joy begins to come into your heart, and you’re able to say, “Hallelujah, anyhow!”
- You’ll be better than when you started. Job looked at his situation and said, “God knows the way that I take, and when He’s tried me, I shall come forth shining like gold.” Your blessing is in doing what you don’t want to do. God will bless you if you obey Him.
If you’re going through something tough, God may be getting you ready for something that’s more than you ever imagined you would do. Every trial takes us higher; every challenge takes us higher.
Jesus had to do what He did not want to do. He did not want to have nails driven into His hands and feet. He did not want to be pierced in His side. But because of God’s love for the world, Jesus died so that we might have life. This is the mortar that holds all the other factors together and thank God Jesus loved us!
After Jesus was buried, God raised Him up again, and exalted Him above all men. If God could raise Jesus up, there’s nothing He cannot do.
When you have to do what you don’t want to do, remember Jesus.
Adapted from the sermon, “When You Have To Do What You Don’t Want To Do,” by Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, at West Angeles Church of God In Christ, 4/9/2017. To hear this entire sermon and more, please CLICK HERE for the West Angeles Legacy Broadcast.
SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – Hebrews 9:22, Ezekiel 18:4, Romans 6:23, 33, 8:28; Matthew 16:24, Jude 20, Proverbs 21:15, 16:9, Psalm 16:11, Job 23:1, Philippians 2:5.
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