If an autobiography or an entire life story of Jesus were to be summed up in a single verse that would be. John 6:38. This verse describes how Jesus lived every single day of his entire life on earth.
Jesus said, “I came down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent me.”
The Bible is silent of the thirty years that Jesus lived in Nazareth. But Jesus reveals what he did during every day of those thirty years, He denied his own will and did His father’s will.
When Jesus was with the father in heaven from eternity he never had to deny his own will, for his own will was the same as his father’s will. But when he came to earth in our flesh, the flesh had a self-will that was exactly opposite to the father’s will at every single point. Hence, the only way in which Jesus could fulfill the father’s will then was by denying his own self will all the time. This was the cross that Jesus bore throughout his earthly life – the crucifixion of his self will and which he now asks us to bear every day, if we are to follow him. Luke 14:27 “Jesus said whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.”
It is very aptly said, “In every heart there is a CROSS and THRONE. If you are sitting on the throne of your heart (i.e. Living as you please) then you have still crucified Christ on the cross. BUT if Christ is sitting on the throne of your heart (i.e. you are Living to please Christ) then you have to crucify yourself on the cross, means to live a life of self-denial. It was the consistent denial of his own will that made Jesus a spiritual man, and it is the denial of our self will that will make us spiritual too.
Every day we make decisions concerning various matters. We make decisions in relation to how we are going to spend our money, or our spare time, or how to speak to, or how to react to another’s behavior etc. We make many such decisions every day – and in each of these decisions we decide either to please ourselves or to please God. Those who have consistently chosen to deny their self will and do the will of God, become spiritual on the other hand those who choose to please themselves most of the time have remained Carnal. Each person’s decision has determined what he has finally become.
Spirituality is the result of choosing the way of self-denial and doing God’s will consistently day after day, week after week and year after year. St. Paul writes to Galatians 4:16-17, “But I say walk by the spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the spirit and the desires of the spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. Don’t be weak willed then. Exercise your will to please God at all times. Mature Christians are those who because of practice in exercising their will in the right direction through many years, have their senses trained to discern good and evil (Hebrews 5:14).
Consider a illustration: – Two fat men go to a doctor to remove their flabbiness. The doctor gives them a course of exercises for the next twelve months.
One man goes through the discipline of those exercises consistently every day, and slims down to become healthier and stronger. The other man does the exercises for first few days, then slackens off and finally gives up all together. His pot belly gets fatter and fatter with his indiscipline ways until he finally dies prematurely.
This is an illustration of how we can make our wills strong to do God’s will, or leave them flabby and weak for the devil to exploit.
Yes, you are what you are today because of the many, many little decisions you have taken in relation to either denying yourself or pleasing yourself in various areas of your life. Time is running out fast. Many have wasted the best years of their lives pleasing themselves those past years of your life are gone; gone forever.
Even Almighty God cannot restore them to you. But if you repent even now, you may yet be able to do something useful for God henceforth. If you determine to be faithful from now on, you will have no regrets in eternity.
No matter how much you may have failed in your past life up until now. Take life seriously from now on. Think of how Jesus lived in the days of his flesh in Nazareth, and follow his example.
Say to yourself, “I have been born on this earth, to DENY my own will, and do the will of my Heavenly Father – AMEN.”
(Author: – Bro. Zac Poonen)
Contributed by : Rev. Dr. Pramod Kalsekar
Meet the Reverend
Meet The Reverend
Rev Dr Pramod Kalsekar, completed his schooling from The Bishops school Pune, After college he pursued his MBBS from Govt. Medical College Miraj and Post graduate DCH (Diploma in Child Health) from Wanless Hospital Miraj.
He is an accomplished M.Div (Master of Divinity) as an Extension student from Union Biblical Seminary,Pune besides being a practising Paediatrician for Twenty six years in a private clinic at Pune.
He has pastored five churches ,over a span of a decade, in the diocese of Pune, of the Church of North India. His wife Rashmi is a Senior Manager in Max Life Insurance and active in various church activities. Son, Pratik is a Computer Graduate from D.Y.Patil College of Engineering, Akurdi, Pune University.
and working as an Analyst and Web Designer in Data Vinci.