Strength to Surrender and Sacrifice

Ericka Loynes

Read: Mark 14:32-38;

Luke 22:39-46

And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” (Mark 14:36)

When I was in middle school, my cousin passed down one of her old coats. I thought it was so ugly and outdated. I begged my mom not to make me wear it, but she did anyway. My view of the situation was focused on how I was feeling. I didn’t like the coat, and I didn’t want my friends teasing me. I couldn’t see the situation from my mother’s point of view. The coat was a wonderful gift. It was well made, expensive, and warm. It was an important part of her plan to make sure I had everything I needed.

Children don’t always know why parents make certain choices, but loving parents have their children’s best interest in mind. God’s plan to save the world from sin included his Son, Jesus, dying on a cross. Yes, Jesus willingly put on human flesh, but he still didn’t want to die. When he thought of enduring God’s judgment and wrath, he didn’t have the strength to bear it. He begged God for a way out. God, however, could see past the pain and saw Jesus’ purpose (Heb. 12:2). Through God’s power, Jesus surrendered his life, rose again, and ultimately saved the world.

The next time we resist God’s will, remember his plans are good (Jer. 29:11; Rom. 8:28). With his strength, we can surrender and obey. —Ericka Loynes

Prayer: Lord, thank you for your sacrifice. Give us strength to sacrifice our lives for you.