Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” – Matthew 26:39 NIV
The Agony in the Garden. Nothing is more heart-wrenching than knowing that Jesus agonized over his fate. Yet, he still proceeded because that was what God needed him to do. It humanizes Jesus. It lets us know that Jesus was scared. He was nervous. But, this is what he was put on earth to do. To die for our sins.
Knowing this, how can we possibly “chicken out” of hard decisions that we need to make as part of our life’s role on this earth?
How often do we take the “easy way out?”
God has a plan for each and every one of us. We all serve many roles. Spouse, parent, child, sibling, supervisor, employee, ministry leader, church member. We must serve God in these roles by being the best spouse, parent, child, sibling, supervisor, employee, ministry leader, and/or church member we can be. These rolls can be stressful at times. But, to put it in perspective, 99.99% of the stressful situations we face cannot even come close to the agony Jesus went through at Gethsemane.
I am not minimizing, in any way, the stresses we face. However, I do want us to take a look at how we deal with stressful situations. Do we curl up in a ball on the couch and say “I’ll deal with it tomorrow” instead of confronting an issue? Do we mimic a four year old who says “I don’t wanna!” when you ask them to clean their room?
What if Jesus had done this? What if Jesus had been overcome by his agony and told God, “I don’t wanna! You can’t make me!?”
Lord, let us be more like you when making hard decisions. Let us realize that you have a plan for us. With your guidance, let us make the right choices and accept the paths that you lay out for us, even if they are not the easiest, straightest roads.
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