[“I cannot do anything on my own;
I judge as I hear, and my judgment is just, because I do not seek my own will
but the will of the one who sent me.”]
Whose will do I seek? God’s or my own? Jesus claims to be not only a son of God, but the Son of God and consequently God Himself. He slowly reveals the mystery of the Blessed Trinity (3 Persons in 1 God) and that He, the Holy Spirit, and the Father are one. So…Jesus perfectly seeks the Father’s will.
Immediately before His arrest, Jesus passionately prays to do God’s will in the garden of Gethsemane, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet, not as I will, but as you will” (Mt. 26:39b). A day later Jesus exclaims from the cross, “It is finished” (Jn. 19:30b). On the cross Jesus perfectly accomplished the Father’s will, the salvation of the human race.
In whose name do you act? God’s or your own? Jesus did not act on His own, but did the will of His Father. We often speak of discerning God’s call for our lives, such searching being necessary. However I think many of us already know situations or things God is asking us to accomplish. We are just unwilling to because of fear, uncertainty, etc. it takes a lot of courage and strength to accomplish God’s will, and many times it requires us to go out of our comfort zone.
Take some time today and recall one of those situations in your life in which God is encouraging you to accomplish His will . Ask the Holy Spirit to give you courage and strength to accomplish it. It might help to spend some time in prayer with Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane:
[Then going out he went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives,
and the disciples followed him.
When he arrived at the place he said to them,
“Pray that you may not undergo the test.”
After withdrawing about a stone’s throw from them and kneeling,
he prayed, saying, “Father, if you are willing,
take this cup away from me;
still, not my will but yours be done.”
And to strengthen him an angel from heaven appeared to him.
He was in such agony and he prayed so fervently
that his sweat became like drops of blood
falling on the ground.
When he rose from prayer and returned to his disciples,
he found them sleeping from grief.
He said to them, “Why are you sleeping?
Get up and pray that you may not undergo the test.”] (Lk. 22:39-46)