Tuesday, July 14, 2015 3 comments

Meditation: Obedience

"Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? 'Father, save Me from this hour'? But for this purpose I came to this hour. Father, glorify Your name." (John 12:27, NKJV)

This is the "glad surrender" of Christ; the laying aside of His own will to unite with the Trinity. I, too, must learn, as He did, obedience in yielding--in wanting, not my own will, but His purpose for this hour.

But if the Savior's life purpose brought trouble to His soul, why would I think that His will for me is found by taking the path of least resistance, simply walking through open doors? He would not spare His own Son, whom He loves, a troubled soul at the point of choosing to yield to the perfect Way; and, my soul, He loves you, too.

Yield in that same glad surrender to the difficult will--of a call beyond your fathoming, or monotony below your ideals--and trust, as He did, that the Father will bring glory from the appointed hours when your troubled soul chooses selfless obedience.

"For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, 'The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me.'" (Romans 15:3)

This, indeed, is a high calling in Christ.