We live in a very selfish world. We ourselves are naturally selfish. Every one of us was born that way. You never have to teach a baby how to want what they want and when they want it! Being selfish is a result of fallen man that goes all the way back to Adam and Eve wanting what they were not supposed to have.
When a person comes to the realization that he really is trapped in the hopelessness of sin and selfishness, he begins to look for a savior. That savior is not found in enough good works or more self-discipline. The only One in this world who is able to bridge the gap between sinful man and a Holy God is God’s only Son, Jesus. For Jesus, perfect and without sin because He is the Son of God, took your sin and my sin upon Himself as that perfect blood sacrifice in atoning for our sin once and for all. Sin will still exist in the life of a believer, but that sin has been forgiven and wiped away. The new desire in our life is to be more and more like Jesus in our words and deeds. We now want to please Him rather than ourselves. We place our will and trust in who Jesus is and what He promises us as a new creation in Himself.
There is that element of “will” again. The scripture above captures the heart of Jesus as He was praying a day or two before His crucifixion. He knew what was to come, and yet, He trusted Father God completely. He submitted His natural will to that of His Father’s.
You and I are faced with decisions between selfishness and goodness every day. It is hard to give up what we want or desire from a worldly or even a pleasure perspective. But that still small voice of the Holy Spirit will always be prompting us to submit to the will of the Father. I once read a short verse by Jerry Bridges of The Navigators organization that speaks to the unselfish willingness we should adopt as believers in Jesus Christ:
“Lord, I am willing To receive what You give. To lack what You withhold. To relinquish what You take, To suffer what You inflict, To be what you require.”
The amazing thing is the psalmist in Psalm 84:11 promises that “no good thing does He withhold from those who do right.” Trust God to be who He says He is. We at Right From The Heart are praying for God to reveal Himself to you in a very special way today. Be willing.
Founder, Right From The Heart Ministries
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