One of Jesus’s most famous statements is when he says, “Not my will, but your will be done.”
The context of this statement actually occurs in the Gospel of Matthew (26:42). And in that moment, Jesus is praying that the cup of God’s wrath would pass from him. But Jesus says to the Father, as he prays in the garden of Gethsemane, that if this will not pass without him drinking the cup, then he would drink it. Jesus would submit his will to the Father’s so that the Father’s will would be done.
One of the things that we often fail to see in life is how many times we must drink the bitter water of suffering. Jesus did this as an example to us, of what it would take for us to receive salvation. But there will be times in our lives where we will confronted with the opportunity to drink something that we would rather avoid, but we choose to do it anyway. Knowing that if we do it in righteousness, if we do it as an act of service for others, then we will receive a reward for it.
But there are other times when we must drink that which we would rather not. This may be the result of another’s actions or maybe even our own. But the cup must be emptied. In those instances, it cannot be avoided. The truth is that sometimes regardless of the reason, drinking of the cup is a manifestation of our willingness to surrender our own wills, to the will of God.
In this season of Lent, as we move ever forward towards the resurrection of Jesus, let us take a moment and reflect on what it means to drink. To drink in that which is good, and sometimes to drink in that which is not as good for the sake of others.
What lies before us today is this: there are times we must see our act of drinking as a service to God, or what as an act of service to others. I want to invite you to join me in learning to trust in God ever more deeply so that we might truly enjoy the riches and benefits of the salvation that we have in Jesus Christ regardless of the cup we have to drink.