Bzzzzzzz ...Bzzzzzzz...Bzzzzzzz...Bzzzzzzz. My I-Phone vibrated on the nightstand, followed by strumming guitar ringtones. It was 4:15 a.m. My husband needed to leave in half an hour for work. I heard him flip the covers back, place his feet on the floor, and yawn. Then in a tone of voice , much like a four- year- old forced to eat liver and onions, I heard him say, "But,I don't wanna!" I giggled and ventured to the kitchen to brew coffee and fry eggs. A bit later, he shuffled into the living room buttoning his shirt, then yet another yawn and stretch. Looking at his shoes on the floor, then at me, he once again said in that cutsey kid voice , "But, I don't wanna!" A hefty swig or two of coffee, slowly cleared the grogginess. He began gaining momentum from the giant cup of steamy motivation in his hand.
In the Gospels we read of the motivation of Jesus through "the cup" he had been given....namely, the crucifixion. This cup did not go down warm and soothing like your Hazelnut flavored morning cup of coffee. Jesus knew the brutal reality that he would be beaten, belittled, betrayed, and bloodied. Yet when it did happen, he continued to drink of "this cup"" while spiritual momentum carried him toward the cross. How did Jesus stay motivated to partake of this cup and remain in an attitude of "God's will be done" instead of fleshly "I don't wanna". Yes, he was fully divine and as God's son he was sent for this. Now, of course, we will never be called to die on the cross to atone the sins of the world. But, we have areas where we want our way rather than God's way. Has God nudged you to change something in your life lately? Tempted to respond ..."I don't wanna..."? " God I don't wanna.........
"Go to work cheerfully , fast and pray longer, let go of my attitude, forgive, exercise/diet, let go of my addictive habit, rearrange my schedule, talk to that person, share my hard earned money, study Bible" ,etc..the list is endless!
Jesus was fully human also. The following passages depict Jesus' 3 mindsets to help us overcome our human "I don't wanna nature". They are : Thankfulness (as seen during Passover meal), Prayer (in the Garden of Gethsemane), and Resolve (during his arrest).
1.THANKFULNESS-Jesus Was Thankful For the ETERNAL GAIN God's Will Accomplished.
Matt 26:27-28 27 And he took a cup of wine and GAVE THANKS to God for it. He gave it to them and said, “Each of you drink from it, 28 for this is my blood, which CONFIRMS the covenant[a] between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to FORGIVE THE SINS OF MANY ("Thanks" here is "acknowledging that "God's grace works well," i.e. for our eternal gain and His glory; to give thanks – literally, "thankful for God's good grace.")
2. PRAYER - Jesus' INTIMATE CONNECTION With God STRENGTHENED Him To Do God's Will. Luke 22:39-44 Then, accompanied by the disciples, Jesus left the upstairs room and went as usual to the Mount of Olives. 40 There he told them, “PRAY that you will not give in to temptation.”
41 He walked away, about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, 42 “Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” 43 Then an angel from heaven appeared and strengthened him. 44 He PRAYED more fervently, and he was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood.[e]
3. RESOLVE- Jesus ACCEPTED IT WAS THE ONLY SOLUTION and was DETERMINED to fulfill God's Will
John 18:10-12 10 Simon Peter had brought along a sword. He now pulled it out and struck at the servant of the high priest. The servant’s name was Malchus, and Peter cut off his right ear. 11 Jesus told Peter, “Put your sword away. I MUST drink from the cup[a] that the Father has given me.
PRAYER - I thank you Father that submitting to your will, though difficult at times, has a great, eternal purposes. I am grateful following your direction for my life builds your kingdom and brings glory and honor to your name. Place in me the increasing desire to seek you earnestly in prayer and abide in you presence, and your presence abide in me, Your love is better than life, Set my mind for unshakable resolve to obey and submit to your ordained will. May worship, love ,and faith be manifesting in my life, speech and actions. Thank you for your love through which all this is possible.
In Jesus name, Amen