What is it?
We know that it means we are determined to do something. But what if that something meant giving your life away? What if meant gathering up every ounce of energy you had in your body, soul and spirit? Even in your very bones? Then you were asked to give it all away in order to offer an ailing soul a way to heaven? What if you spent yourself to the very maximum and you had no more to give? What if you were so stressed your sweat turned to blood over your anxiety? Could you do it? Would you do it?
You couldn’t do it alone.
All the agony that Jesus went through only proves his humanity. He was just like us. Flesh, blood and bones. He cried, he wept, he laughed, he skipped, he jumped, he danced and he died. Those are all things that we do.
He had the power available to him to not have to do anything of these things. He could have erased that whole scene in his life of being captured, tortured, beaten and killed. But he didn’t. Why? Because he had resolve. Jesus was determined to do the will of his Father in heaven but he didn’t do it alone. He called out to His Father for help. He cried out for 3 hours in the garden. I imagine he wailed and wept and begged. This was his humanity coming out. He didn’t have to do any of it.
But he did.
Why would he do that? Love. God came down to earth as a man so he could show us how MUCH he loves us. He experienced everything that we do. We all know that the best teachers and preachers teach and speak their very best from experience. How could God convince us if he didn’t come and live among us?
So he came.
He came down in the form of a precious baby in the hay through a delicate virgin mother and a deeply devoted and faithful father. The purest form of holiness was born in a barn-rejected before he was even born. Turned away at the Inn. Resolve began the day the world was created.
Redemption began the day the fruit was eaten.
You can’t have redemption without resolve. God is determined to let us know how much he loves us. Why, oh why can’t we all see this? What will it take for you to see this? What will it take for you to resolve to follow Christ with your all in all and then some? Do you think it was easy to have a nail driven through a hand? Do you think it took omniscient determination to stay on that cross as the hammer drove the nails through flesh and bone blow after blow after blow? I do.
Why did he do it?
To prove his love for us.
How did he do it?
Prayer, resolve and a father’s love for his people.
Do we understand it?
Can we embrace it?
God is calling you to follow Him all the way. You can do it. Pull your resolve up from the very bottom of your feet to the top of your head and cover yourself with it. Cover yourself with prayer, determination and purpose. God will do the rest.
Without resolve we have nothing.
What will you do?