Don’t Walk Away
Duane Vander Klok
And He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and prayed, saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him. And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
While in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus was facing extreme hardship. So much so that He was sweating drops of blood! Think about that – SWEATING DROPS OF BLOOD. But He did not turn and run, distract Himself with worldly pleasures, or ignore the problem. Instead, He turned to God for strength. Even in the face of extreme hardship, Jesus committed to following God’s will. His earthly body did not want to die on the cross, but He chose to sacrifice His body so that God’s will may be done. As a believer, you need to do the same thing – present your body as a living sacrifice to God. Pray that God would use you, and that His will be done over your own.
Because you are presenting a living sacrifice, you need to practice this daily. Your body does not always want to obey God’s Word – sometimes your sacrifice wants to get up off the altar and walk away! So daily commitment is essential. Like the disciples in the Garden, it is easy to fall asleep when you should remain vigilant against temptation. When Jesus found them sleeping, He said, “Why do you sleep? Rise and pray, lest you enter into temptation.”
When you are faced with temptation, where do you turn? Do you turn to a distraction like food or TV? To another person? Or do you turn to God for help? 1 Corinthians 10:13 says, No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. God does not leave you in your temptation or sin; He is there to help you through. We obey His Word to honor Him, and because He knows what is best for you. His instructions are not to make you stumble or bring shame, but to bring life to you. Choose to commit yourself to God today!