Purpose over Pain

Luke 22:42(NIV) “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”

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There is always a price to pay

There’s always a price to pay. We either pay for it in time, strength and energy, or we give something else of value in exchange.

The biggest factor as to whether we are willing to pay the amount is how much we value the thing we are receiving in exchange.

Our perception of what we are getting in return will determine for us if the price is too high to pay.

Jesus paid the highest price

This passage of scripture gives us an intimate look at an interaction between Jesus and God the father.

In this interaction, Jesus is asking God if there is any other way to fulfill the purpose set before him.

God is holy and as a holy God, there must be a payment for sin. God will be glorified and His people will have a way to be redeemed. That is Jesus purpose.

Galatians 1 says this,

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Jesus came to this earth to give himself for us in obedience to God’s request.

But Jesus had a choice. It seems like he could have chosen not to go to the Cross.

The Apostle Paul in Galatians says that Jesus gave himself as opposed to not giving himself for our sins.

Jesus could have looked at God the father and said the pain is too great. The cost is too high.

But instead, he chose purpose over pain. He paid the price and we reaped the benefits.

Jesus chose His purpose of bringing Glory to God which would be revealed in Him over the pain of suffering on a cross (Matthew 27:35), being rejected by people even his friends (Matthew 26:74), and being forsaken by the father (Matthew 27:46).

Is the price too high for you?

What about you?

Are you pursuing God’s purpose for your life no matter the cost?

Or do you simply throw your hands up in the air anytime you face opposition?

When we give up and succumb to our desires we are choosing to follow our own will because the pain is too much to bear and the cost is too high to pay.

In Jesus example, we see that we must “deny ourselves and take up his cross daily and follow Him” (Luke 9:23). We must live as Paul says in Galatians 2 that we have been crucified with Christ and we no longer live but Christ lives in us and that the life we now live we live by faith in the son of God who loved us and gave himself for us.

God’s purpose for your life is worth enduring momentary pain.

2 thoughts on “Purpose over Pain

  1. God told us we would have trials in this earthly life. We are blessed to know He is with us during all times.

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    1. Amen! Knowing He is with through it all doesn’t normally make it easier but it does give me a sense of hope and peace.

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