Sunday, November 9, 2008
For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.
Jesus had discovered the real secret of soul satisfaction-- complete surrender to the Father's will. Because He rested completely in that commitment, He lived a serenity that drew others to Him.
J. Hudson Taylor (1832-1905), intrepid pioneer missionary to China and founder of the vast China Inland Mission, had this observation: "The real secret of an unsatisfied life lies too often in an unsurrendered will." When I encounter problems in my Christian life, I can usually trace them to a failure to submit my own will to my heavenly Father. This is my reason for my discontent and dissatisfaction. So often I sacrifice the eternal on the alter of the immediate, because my will is not conformed to my Father's. If only I could learn, once and for all, the secret of serenity and live my life in the attitude of surrender that Jesus modeled when He was here on earth!