More Than Human

One of the most remarkable things about Jesus, aside from the incarnation, and His being fully human and fully Divine, was that He never had His own agenda. It’s something that really makes Him almost unique among great and famous historical world figures. Instead of having His own agenda, Jesus always relentlessly and wholeheartedly pursued His Father’s agenda. His only ambition was to obey and follow the will of His Father until that will was fully accomplished on this earth.

Jesus Himself no doubt said it best: “‘My food is to do the will of Him who sent me, and to finish his work.’” (John 4:34 NKJV) And: “‘For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent me.’” (John 6:38) The ultimate sacrifice of one’s own will to do the will of God should be something for which other people would commend them and hold them in the highest esteem and regard. And, of course, the ultimate expression of this yielding and surrender in Jesus’ own life was His agony-filled prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane and consequent willing sacrifice of Himself on Calvary’s Cross. Yet, there are many people who would prefer to champion someone driven by selfish ambition, rather than by total surrender to the will of God. As Jesus also said: “‘I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive.’” (John 5:43)

We are called to be “imitators of God”. (Ephesians 5:1) And we are also called to imitate Christ: “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.” (1 Corinthians 11:1) If Jesus was wholly surrendered to the will of God in and for His life, so ought we to be wholly surrendered to the will of God in and for our own lives. This is a high calling indeed, one that can be achieved only through the enabling power of the Holy Spirit, dying to self, and abiding in Christ. This is the life-long adventure of the Christian life.
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