The Clash of Wills

The Clash of Wills – John 18:10-11

From: Heartlight by Phil Ware

Simon Peter had a sword. He took out the sword and struck the servant of the high priest. Peter cut off the servant’s right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.) Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword back in its place! I must accept the cup {of suffering} the Father has given me.” (ERV)

Key Thought

Peter thought that the biggest battle would be between the forces of Jesus and the forces of religious and political authority. He was wrong. The biggest battle was one of the will. Jesus had the authority to call down angels to slay his enemies. He did not ask for their help, but instead offered himself up as a sacrifice to be our help. The battle was between Peter’s earthbound vision of a worldly kingdom and Jesus’ passion to glorify God by obeying his Father’s will. So often, we try to battle Satan with worldly wisdom and worldly weapons. Our biggest battle, however, isn’t with Satan, but our own will. Do we choose to obey? Do we obey when we don’t understand or it doesn’t make sense? Is our apparent victory less important than our obedience to God? Jesus chose the will of God. Will we?

Today’s Prayer

Holy and gracious God, my Abba Father, I surrender my will to you to obey and honor you as you command. I offer my body as a living sacrifice to you. Use me as you so chose and mold my heart to be like that of Jesus, in whose name I pray. Amen.

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