As I reflected on Tyler’s illustration, I realized that there probably needs to be one more phrase posted on the wall of my life and then struck through. That sign needs to say “WILL NOT”, with a very bold line drawn through it. For so often, my problem is less a matter of needing to be convinced that I CAN do something for God and is more a matter of overcoming my lack of WILL in an attempt to do something for God. Indeed, unWILLingness is a major problem that plagues many of us. The better question, therefore, is this: “Am I WILLing to undertake something for God?” For as the old adage puts it: “Where there’s a WILL, there’s a way!”
This was the attitude that sustained Jesus. This was the attitude that carried Him through life, and through death, and then back to life again. For it was in the garden that He prayed, “Not my WILL; but Your WILL be done, Oh God!” For my part, that is the attitude that I want to develop: the attitude of Christ that embraces the WILL of God and says I WILL do this thing for God, Who strengthens me for this purpose. Otherwise, I run the risk of coming to the end of life’s road only to see written across the pages of my life the words: “CAN NOT”, “WILL NOT”, and ultimately, “DID NOT”.