“My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” (Matthew 26:39)
Jesus let His Father decide what the dream for His life on earth would be.
The minute I start letting feelings, culture, or others decide what defines my dream, I’m cooked as God’s man. Jesus is our Master Baker on this one. “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will” (Matthew 26:39). Jesus let His Father decide what the dream of His life on earth would be. The dream didn’t depend on His circumstances, His right, His parents, His friends, His critics, or His feelings. It’s no surprise then that the exact dream God has for you is in the mold of His Son. “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the first born” (Romans 8:29), this has been the plan, and this is the process we are all engaged in: becoming like our firstborn Brother, Jesus. Resolve to let God decide what goes in His recipe dream for you.
Your reality is God’s glory. Everything that is happening in your life — especially the stuff you want to keep a secret — is an ingredient in God’s greatness. You might be thinking, I don’t want God to use that! God’s reply is, that is exactly what I want to use. God is eager to use your now-life, not your cleaned-up version. To fuel the dream, He prefers struggles over strengths. One gives Him glory, the other gives you glory. Yep, it’s the spots on the lepers and their utter helplessness that got God excited and put the clean to shame. Got some ugly spots dotting the epidermis of your life right now? Got old spots and scars that the masks can’t cover? God is operating in your uncomfortable realities today, not in the ideal future. Sound weird? You’re in good company.
Father, let my life be your recipe not mine.