“Anyone who does not take up his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:37). “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not as I will, but as you will.” (Matthew 26:39). Mary said, “I am the servant of the Lord. Let it be done to me as you say.” (Luke 1;38) There seems to be one great tension in each of our lives that must be resolved if we are to live as God intended in true joy, peace, and freedom. Will I live life on my terms, doing things my way, or living life on God’s terms, following God’s will?
Its ironic. We are constantly being bombarded by the media with messages that say that we would be much happier if we had our own wishes fulfilled. Who doesn’t want to win the lottery? Who doesn’t want to make more money? Who doesn’t want to have the American dream of having the best spouse, best car, boat, larger salary, and great friends? Yet even when all these things are present, we still want more.
There is also that part of us that wants to have our own way, to think and feel the way we want to, regardless of what the Bible says or what the authorities say. There is a part of each of us that wants to behave in a way that is selfish. Each of us wants to be our own boss. “Don’t tell me what to do!” Then we each are quite capable of making excuses for how we behave, especially by saying that it is only natural for us to act the way we do. “I do what I do because that is the way God made me.”
Each of us must come to grips with the great tension of choosing to go with their will or God’s will. “Will I live my life according to Jesus’ teaching or will I live it my way?” Doing things “my way” may appear to be easier and more satisfying. It isn’t. Our destiny of true peace, fulfillment, freedom and joy can only be found in knowing, loving, and serving Jesus.
“May the Lord bless and keep you. May he let his life shine upon you, and give you his peace.”