"Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." Hebrews 12:2
Jesus knew what His purpose for coming to earth was. He knew that He was heading to the cross. In the garden He prayed not for His own will but for the Father's will to be accomplished and then submitted to that will. He knew He would suffer. He knew He would be rejected, mocked, be reproached, bear the sins of the world and be forsaken by His Father while He fulfilled the plan of redeeming mankind. Although He knew what He would endure, He had joy in it. He didn't go to the cross murmuring and complaining. He didn't go begrudgingly. He didn't go with a bad attitude. He went with joy.
When the Father reveals His will to you, what is your attitude while fulfilling it? Do you do it with joy? Do you do it complaining? Do you do it through gritted teeth? Do you do it half-hearted? Many will submit to His will, but with the wrong attitude. They do it on the "outside" but not on the "inside"- their heart isn't in it. God loves a cheerful giver- one who does His will cheerfully and with joy.
No one ever said that doing the will of God would always be easy- as a matter of fact, it very seldom is. But there is a right attitude and a wrong attitude about doing it. Which attitude do you have? Our attitude should be patterned after the attitude of Jesus toward doing the Father's will. Is yours?
Have a great day. Check your attitude when it comes to doing the will of God.
For further reading:
2 Corinthians 9:7
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