Read: Matthew 26:36-46

Oftentimes, God’s will for our lives can be far more difficult than we hoped it would be. Most days, we want things to come easy for us. Throughout life, we would naturally prefer the easy road instead of the path filled with potholes, thorns, and pain. Devoting ourselves fully to the Lord means that we are submitting ourselves to His will, even when it may be difficult and painful. Nowhere do we see this more clearly than by watching Jesus. Jesus never took the easy way out. Not once did Jesus ever cower away from the difficult, God-exalting mission that He was on. As Jesus stares down death in the garden of Gethsemane, we see Him submitting to the Father’s will. Jesus’ submission was more than submitting to physical pain. When Jesus goes to the cross, He goes to bear God’s wrath towards sin. By submitting Himself, He sees pain upon pain, but He also sees life for us. The only way to accomplish the mission is through a bloody cross. May we follow in our Savior’s footsteps by seeking and submitting to God’s will, even when it costs.

Questions for Personal Prayer:
What does Jesus’ posture of prayer show us about how we should seek God’s will? How can you surrender your will and desires and seek the Lord’s with the decisions you face?

Corporate Prayer:
C3 Small Groups to continue to make disciples who Embrace, Equip and Empower
C3 Group leaders and their small groups starting in February