Monday, November 14, 2005

A Moment of Inspiration

One of the things that recently has been inspiring me is the story of The Christ. On the night he was handed over, he had an inspiring (for me) encounter with his Heavenly Father. There in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus faced the same question that I face every day: "Will I submit to the will of the Father no matter the cost?" For hours Jesus agonized over what was about to happen to him. He who knew no sin was about to become sin for the sake of undeserving people. It transcends just the suffering aspect of it. And, the answer for Jesus is the same as it must be for all those who follow him, "Not my will, but Yours, Father." To call Christ "LORD" is to say that you've made that choice to always do His bidding regardless of the cost to yourself. And so it is for me every day. I am faced with choice after choice (none of which compare to the magnitude of Jesus' choice that night). Will I answer as The Christ did? Will I submit myslef and say, "Not my will, but Yours."? The eternity of humanity may not hang in the balance with my choice, but make no mistake, for those who are not yet followers of Christ who are watching me to see if God is worth their time, Their Eternity Hangs In The Balance. And my submission to God's will may very well be what makes or breaks the deal for them!


Parke said...

Some good thoughts dude. I really appreciated them. Stephen knows, but some of the sacrifices I've made to be here are wearing on me a bit more lately.

The Bishop said...

I've got time to listen if you need to talk. Hang in there. God is doing amazing things through you. "Do not grow weary in doing good, for in due time you will reap a harvest..."

Parke said...

thanks dude. i really appreciate it.