“They came to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” and he said to them, “The sorrow in my heart is so great that it almost crushes me. Stay here and keep watch.” He went a little farther on, threw himself on the ground, and prayed that, if possible, he might not have to go through that time of suffering. “Father,” he prayed, “my Father! All things are possible for you. Take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet not what I want, but what you want.”   Mark   14:32, 34-36   GNTD 

In the Christian life, it’s not what you profess about God that matters, it is not the number of years that you have been following Him that counts. It is also not how much of His blessings you have received and enjoyed that is of real value to God. The true life that God desires is your willingness to obey Him at all times even when it is at the expense of your cherished values, interests, dreams, desires, and aspirations including your precious life for His name alone to be glorified.

Your obedience will not be complete, your commitment and character cannot be proven, your faith will not be said to be genuine, your love for God will not yet be supreme, and your consecration will not be found perfect until you have willingly and readily given up your self-will to do His will.  Your life will not be pleasing to God anymore once you seek an escape route from doing what He wanted to do with your life to do what you wanted for yourself.

If you choose to follow His paths and stay connected with Him, the distress and anguish that overwhelm you today shall soon turn to joy, and the exceeding sorrow that fills your heart now will surely result in exuberant jubilation. The grace of God is sufficient for you and His hand is upon you to strengthen and support you within the storm.

Therefore, do not quit yet, endure the hardship like a good soldier of Jesus Christ. The battle will not be long and your victory is guaranteed. May the God of all grace equip you with abundant grace and strength to run the race to the glorious end in Jesus’ name. Good morning and do have a wonderful and fulfilling day.

Your brother,

Olufemi Babalola