“He told them, ‘My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.'” (Matthew 26:38).
Whether it’s a best friend I know I won’t see for a week or so, a family member I no longer live with, or a significant other, I hate saying goodbye. Jesus had a difficult time saying goodbye to his dimwitted disciples (sorry) only because they were so concentrated on building an earthly kingdom.
I can only imagine how He felt. He tried to say goodbye, but they didn’t get it.
Yet oddly enough, I’m comforted.
“I never trust a man who hasn’t suffered” (John Eldredge, Wild At Heart). Jesus lead by example and He asks us to lead by example. Sometimes Jesus asks us to move away, say goodbye, give up, or go home. What we cannot see at that time is hope.
Faith requires action. It’s hard because we can’t always see what will happen.
But, isn’t that what the month of April is all about?
As we approach Easter at the end of this month, let’s take some time to reflect back on the life of Jesus Christ, His ministry, discipline, and what He asks of us. “God blesses those who do not turn away because of [him]’” (Matthew 11:6).
Do you want to live the victorious Christian life? Ask God today to help you live by faith. Learn to be led by Him for His yoke is easy and His burdens are light (Matthew 11:30).
Remember, you can trust Him. “All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children” (Revelation 21:7).
May the things that remain in my life be the things that came through the fire. Burn in me a passion that runs so deep as to cause my soul to be broken for the things Your heart is broken for. Teach me how to love for it is the greatest of these and the only one that truly remains after this world has burned up and all of its passions. I love you! I love you! I love you! Amen.