Real Determination

Now Jesus was going up to Jerusalem. On the way, He took the twelve aside and said to them, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn Him to death and will hand Him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day He will be raised to life!”—Mt. 20:17-19

Jesus’ determination is astounding when we consider His knowledge of the suffering to come. He knew He’d be arrested, who would betray Him, how He would be treated by the soldiers, and the torturous death He would endure. Yet He remained true to His mission, determined to fulfill His calling and its culmination: His resurrection and the salvation of all mankind. In light of what Jesus endured, the teaching of Romans 8:28—that God works all things for the good—seems misapplied when we expect God’s working to produce a comfortable outcome for us. That passage goes on to explain that “the good” is conformity to Jesus, the One who was determined to submit to anything for the benefit of others.

Lord Jesus, thank You for Your determination to submit to the Father’s will despite the cost to You. I pray that I would be that determined to obey You. Open my eyes to Your will for me. I pray that You’d be persistent in revealing to me what You want of me, relentless until I see and respond. Work the good for me that will be for Your kingdom and for my destiny to be conformed into Christ’s likeness.

Jesus is your model for determination. No matter the personal cost, submit to the Father’s will, and in doing so, watch Him conform you to Christ’s likeness.

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