Servant #4 – Man Gots to Know His Weakness
Jill Osmon | Assistant to Lead Pastor
Servitude, sacrifice, and humility are not something our culture tends to affirm or even recognize, but it is something that we are called to do by God. Jesus, being fully man and fully God is the best picture of the ultimate sacrifice, which is, of course, the cross. Leading up to His impending death, however, Jesus battled with the sacrifice He knew He had to make. He understood, being fully man, the pull of the flesh and the pull of His Father to do what He was sent to do. As I read over the verses in Matthew 26, one part jumped out at me in verse 41, “… The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
I found such comfort in these words. Jesus, even in one of His darkest hours, understood the pull of our flesh and warned us. It was a perfect moment that showed His full awareness of our humanity. This is the tension we live in, here on earth. Paul says it perfectly in Galatians 5:17, “For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.”
Sometimes the difficult part of living out our faith is not the lack of knowledge on what to do but instead, knowing what we should be doing, having a desire to do it, but still, our flesh fails, and we give into the very base of our humanity. In Matthew 26, Jesus warns His disciples and gives instructions on how to avoid the flesh winning, “Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation…” What temptation is He speaking of? The flesh winning, even when we want to do good. If we do not prepare and we are not ready, then our flesh will win.
The Bible continually speaks about us being a servant for Him (John 12:26; 2 Timothy 2:24; 2 Corinthians 6:4; Romans 6:22). We fight it because our world and our culture do not uplift sacrifice and servanthood, but instead pushes us to feed our most basic fleshly desires. However, let’s not forget Jesus’ tender words to His disciples, “The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Remember that even Jesus was tempted to let His flesh win, but He was active and in constant prayer with His Father. That is what helps guard us against a weak flesh, being active in His Word and prayer. Dig into His Word, pray, and be ready to fight the flesh, because even if our flesh fails us, we know we have a God who is powerful, loving, and He will never fail us.
One of my favorite songs is “Give Me Faith” by Elevation Worship, “And I may be weak but Your Spirit’s strong in me; my flesh may fail, but my God, You never will.”