Focal passage: Luke 22:41-53
A little boy surprised everybody when he chose to pay the ultimate price to save his sister’s life. She was dying of a rare disease that required a blood transfusion from her 5-year-old brother. After speaking with the doctor, the child agreed to give his blood to save her life.
As the transfusion was underway, the little boy asked the doctor an astonishing question, “Will I start to die right away?”
In the child’s mind, giving up his blood meant there would be no more left for him. In order to save his sister’s life, he believed that it meant giving up his own. Nevertheless, he was willing to make that sacrifice.
The will to act sometimes requires great courage. As Jesus prayed in the garden before His crucifixion, He said, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done” (v. 42). Jesus knew to some extent the horrors that awaited Him. Yet, He chose to lay down His own will for that of His heavenly Father’s.
What is the Lord calling you to do? Is the Spirit nudging you to move to an unfamiliar place, take a new job, join a small group, or forgive a lingering hurt?
Whatever next step the Lord has laid before you, take it willingly.
Jesus’ willingness to be tortured and executed for the sins of the world led to the salvation of many. What might happen if you are obedient to the calling that God has laid on your heart?
Fear, laziness and pride can get in the way of our willingness to act. If you struggle with turning your will into action, pray for strength. Allow the Holy Spirit to transform your heart. Paul says, “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him” (Philippians 2:13). When we act in faith and obedience, we get to watch God show-up in amazing ways. Don’t hesitate, take action!