On Easter, as I reflect on what we are remembering and celebrating, I can’t help but go back to the subject of obedience.
Whenever I read the Easter story one thing always sticks out to me, “It is finished.” Over the years I’ve heard a number of interpretations for this phrase, but a little over a year ago I came into my own revelation. When Jesus uttered that statement, I believe he meant it. He was indeed finished with what he came here to do; the rest was up to the Father.
Jesus came to live a blameless life and obey to the cross. When he signed up to be our Savior, that’s what he was asked to do: to give his life for us. Raising him from the dead and exalting him was the Father’s business.
As I’ve been reflecting on that truth, I’ve been overwhelmed with freedom. I often put so much pressure on myself to get “results” when truly my job is to obey, it’s God’s job to produce results. Remembering my role, acknowledging my limitations, and letting go of pressures that don’t apply to me has helped me to focus my passion, and shielded me from discouragement.
If we truly believe He will work everything out for our good, we ought to trust Him enough to obey and rejoice even in what seem like failures. He knows the future. This is His story. What seems like a failure to us may be exactly what He is going to use for His glory.
Today, I want to encourage you to focus on obedience and let God handle the outcomes. Discover the freedom that comes from doing what we are called to do, and trusting God for the things only He can do.