World-Changing Will

Luke 22:42
“Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.”

Before Jesus died on the cross and paid for the sins of every person who had ever lived and would ever live, He had to be willing to accept the Father’s will for the payment of sins. In the verse above, you will find the discourse Jesus had with the Father as He prayed concerning the cup He was about to drink. He prayed, “…Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” Before Jesus became the sacrifice for all of mankind, He had to accept the Father’s will. Before He became the world-changer, or better yet, eternity-changer, He had to accept the Father’s will. Let me point out four things you must accept if you want to become a world-changer like Jesus.

First, you’ll never change your world until you are willing to surrender your will of comfort. Jesus was willing to surrender comfort for agony. He was willing to surrender repose for misery. Jesus understood that God’s will didn’t always mean that He would be comfortable. You will never reach God’s potential for your life if you must always live a life of comfort. Sometimes, God’s will requires you to be uncomfortable. If you must always have the nicest luxuries and amenities of life, you will never become a world-changer. You must be willing to surrender your desires of comfort and accept whatever discomfort God’s will brings to change your world.

Second, you’ll never change your world until you are willing to surrender your will of convenience to be willing to be inconvenienced. God’s will is never convenient. Jesus understood the inconvenience of the Father’s will, but He still said, “…not my will, but thine, be done.” Let me ask you; are you okay with being inconvenienced to further the will of God? Are you only willing to do God’s will as long as it doesn’t inconvenience you? If convenience is the parameter you set on doing God’s will, you will never experience the blessing of being a world-changer in God’s will. God’s will often requires, or should I say, mandates the believer to be inconvenienced. God’s will requires the believer to die to self and be inconvenienced so that others can be helped and changed. You will never change your world until you are willing to say, “…not my will, but thine, be done.”

Third, you’ll never change your world until you are willing to surrender your will of control to trust His will in prayer. The greatest indicator of a believer’s surrender to the will of God is how much time they spend with God in prayer. Jesus understood that prayer is where the trust-factor is built. You will never come to the point to completely trust God’s will for your life until you learn to pray “more earnestly.” A person who changes their world is often found in the prayer closet finding God’s will for every circumstance. A minimal time in prayer produces minimal effect on others. You must spend much time in prayer if you are going to find the trust in God’s will needed to change the lives of others.

Fourth, you’ll never change your world until you are willing to surrender your will of life for God’s will for your life. You will never change your world as long as you refuse to live in God’s will. My friend, God’s will may not always be what you first desire, but you will find that His will always has the greatest impact on others. You must be willing to surrender your dreams and desires for His will if you want to be a world-changer.

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