Over the last few years, I have begun to add leadership books to my reading list. One of my favorite statements used in one of those books is “prioritize and execute.” This idea comes from a Navy SEAL concept that, in the heat of conflict, a leader must be able to assess the situation properly, make the call, and move forward to complete a mission. This idea is something that I feel many Christ-followers should put in their walks with God. The reality is most every follower of Christ is going to say that they want to be in God’s will for their life. Most every Christian is well-meaning enough that they know sin is not acceptable, and serving Jesus with all they have is essential to growing in their walks with God and being used to further the Kingdom of God. However, we struggle with two simple concepts, prioritizing and executing.
Psalm 40:7-8 reads, “Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come; in the scroll of the book it is written of me: I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.’” David is able to say these words only because God is guiding his heart to where we should all be. Every Christ-follower should be at a place where they are delighted to do the will of God. While a study on the will of God is vast, I believe the best way to narrow down what applicably the will of God looks like is believing what the Bible says and living out what the Bible tells us to do. Too often, we get in arguments about what is most important in the Bible. Should we grow or serve? Should we focus on young people or older people? Should we focus on purity or prayer? Should we evangelize to many, or should we disciple a few? The reality is, if we believe what the Bible tells us, we should do it all.
The example that Jesus leaves us is infinitely vast in the ways we should apply it to our lives. Jesus was the perfect example of what taking delight in doing God’s will entails. Even in a state of blood-soaked sweat, Jesus was still focused on being obedient to the Father’s will. Matthew 26:38-39 reads, “Then he said to them, ‘My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.’ And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, ‘My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.’” Jesus is the fulfillment of David’s words that even in the worst situation, He was able to be obedient and delight in what God instructed Him to do. Jesus was showing His humanity, both physically and emotionally, in a state of fear. Hebrews 12:2 says that Jesus was looking to the cross with “joy that was set before him.”
In moments of peril, in moments where Jesus only had the trust in His Father to hang on to, in moments where Jesus Himself asked if there was another solution, Jesus did not waiver in what had to be done. “Your will be done” is one of the statements that every follower of Christ should declare during every situation. Jesus was perfectly obedient, despite not being thrilled about the plan. Jesus understood the next step that was necessary to defeat the sin that plagued humanity. Jesus’ priority was to stay obedient to the Father, die on a cross for humanity’s sin, and to reconcile our relationship to God. There was a mission to complete, and Jesus took delight in what was before Him. He knew the pain, He knew what was to come, and He knew the Father would have to look away from Him when He bore the sins of all of humanity. Yet, He executed God’s plan perfectly.