Not My will, but Thine be done. Luke 22:42
Are you ready to pursue knowing God’s will? Then learn and apply these words of Christ.
It is sad, but most perceive God’s will as some great mystery, impossible for us to know. We say continually, “Well, if it’s God’s will…” making Christianity of little or no effect in our everyday lives. We must leave this behind by accepting that we are here for a particular purpose – to achieve something meaningful for God. The Apostle Paul informs us in Romans chapter 12 that we can both know and perform God’s perfect will in our daily lives. This is expressed supremely through Christ’s resolve in the Garden of Gethsemane, just before His arrest and crucifixion when He said, “Not My will, but Thine be done” to the Father.
We must understand that the whole idea of God’s will is for us to accomplish what He created each of us to perform. Of course this varies from Israelite to Israelite, each of us having different purposes, even the Man Christ Jesus Himself. This begins by no longer wanting to settle just for whatever comes along. Understanding Christ’s words instills us with great power.
The ‘bull’s eye’ of God’s glory is His perfect will for your life.
By definition, sin is you ‘shooting the arrow’ of your life and falling short or missing the target. The main way this is occurring is by us going through life not even knowing God’s will and settling for whatever comes along. Realize, this is sin. Jesus didn’t just float along in life settling for whatever came to Him, wondering whether or not it was the Father’s will – He knew His purpose and He made things happen. Living your life for God doesn’t come through settling either, but through finding out God’s will for yourself and then trusting Him by faith, to bring it to pass. In the meantime, we do everything we must to stay pointed in that direction. This is the basis for Christ’s words here – the Father always wants what’s best for us. Just settling never accomplishes this.
Christ saying, “Not My will, but Thine be done” does not represent Jesus wanting to settle.
For He knew full well God’s perfect will for His life. For Christ, anything other than going to the cross would have meant falling short of God’s perfect will, which would have been sin. Christ wasn’t tempted to sin in this way because His desire wasn’t any different than that of the Father. Neither was Christ half-hearted or lying to His Disciples beforehand those times He stated to them that He was going to the cross – obviously He knew it was His Father’s perfect will.
Misrepresenting His words by claiming He was just settling here, is not in agreement at all with Christ having the knowledge that His going to the cross was God’s perfect will. This statement actually represents His surrender to and affirmation of the perfect will of God for His life if you understand what the Bible teaches about faith. The idea of us ‘carrying our cross daily’ can take on a much deeper meaning if we’ll get that the Christian way the Bible teaches is discovering and then pursuing God’s perfect will by faith.
Our relationship to God’s will is all about our perception of it as it relates to us.
“Not My will, but Thine be done” reflects Christ’s complete awareness and commitment to fulfilling His own personal destiny. Discovering and then living to pursue our destiny is the whole purpose in God revealing His will to us. Before you take the time to search out what God wants for you, this thing of God’s will may very well appear to be just settling for whatever comes along. But once you understand that you can know God’s perfect will for your life and are in pursuit of it, saying “Not My will, but Thine be done” is an acknowledgment that you refuse to settle for anything less than His perfect will coming to pass through you.
Knowing this completely refutes any idea that God’s will for your life is some impossible mystery.
What it means is that we each can take responsibility for our Christian walk by finding this out for ourselves. Therefore following Christ’s example by saying, “Not My will, but Thine be done” is declaring full trust in the God Who raised up Jesus from the dead! Take whatever time and care necessary to personally discover what only God Himself has placed within your heart to be and perform for Him. This is where personal faith is conceived, leading us to the fulfillment of His perfect will, just like Christ.
“Not My will, but Thine be done” expresses that Christ had peace because His spirit had sustained dominion over His flesh. Realize, knowing God’s will for your life is just the beginning. For no one will ever arrive at God’s destination if they neglect putting their flesh under subjection. We are told to take every thought into captivity and put away every idea which doesn’t fit with what we know is God’s perfect will for us. That is exactly what Christ was declaring here. Discovering what your life is to become is what’s most beneficial for your people and will bring the most glory to God. Get in touch with what you are passionate about and feel deep down that you must do.
Finally, his statement does not support the weak, modern philosophies of another Jesus, but the One Who mastered this, even in the final hours leading up to His death. Christ knew He was the only One Who could accomplish this for us.
Unlock your unlimited potential by following His perfect example. Uncover God’s will for your life and fully trust God by never settling.