Jesus ... Delivered to My Will

Wayne Cordeiro

"...But they were insistent, with loud voices asking that He be crucified. And their voices began to prevail. And Pilate pronounced sentence that their demand be granted. And he released the man they were asking for who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, but he delivered Jesus to their will." (Luke 23:23-25)
Just like the people calling for Jesusí crucifixion, I too can be insistent on getting my way. And like them, if I am not careful, my voice can prevail and my demand granted.
I am not much different at times from the very ones that were behind the Galgotha spectacle. And here is the phrase that struck my heart: "and he [Pilate] delivered Jesus to their will."
Jesus, when "delivered to my will," can be molded and fashioned to my desire. He can be shaped to fit my wishes and bent to match my purposes. How often I think I have wanted Jesus "delivered to my will."
Today I am brought to contrition and repentance for the many times I have joined in with the crowd demanding that Jesus be delivered to my will. I must be aware of any tendency in me to slip, either intentionally or inadvertently, into having Jesus "delivered into my will." I must sublimate my will to His, not His to mine! It will require me to think more deeply and to be wise about my plans.
I cannot be waffling or wavering. So today, the verdict is in; and my decision must be irrevocable. I'm going God's way, submitting my will to His, and choosing to be wholly His. I must think and rethink His will for me, my family, and for my ministry. I love what He has called me to do. But I can get distracted! So, I refuse to be captivated by culture or be manipulated by critics. I will not be motivated by praise or derailed be problems. I'll keep running my race with my eyes on the goal, not the sidelines or those running by me.
Lord Jesus, I choose to step aside from the crowd and with steel in my soul, to stay focused on Your will for me rather than mine for You. Please forgive me for times past when I have capitulated and bent my knees to my own will. I will run the race YOU have set before me, fixing my eyes on You and You alone!

Devotions for January 23

Exodus 6,7,8
Luke 23

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