Daniel Fast – Day 19, thurs.

Day 19 –John chapter 19

 

Right vs. Right

 

Sometimes we have the “right” to do something, but it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the “right” thing to do. We might have the “right” to enjoy the money we earn, but the “right” thing to do may be to give it away. Often, what’s right for you, may not be what’s best for others. What is always “right” is what would bring honor to God. Jesus understood the scope of his rights and what would honor God:

 

“…Don’t you realize I have the power to release you or crucify you?’ (Pilate

speaking) Then Jesus said, ‘You would have no power over me at all unless it were given to you from above’ …” John 19:10-11 (NLT)

 

We know Jesus had the power to immediately put a stop to everything.  Jesus could have pulled rank if … if He wanted. But what we see here is a picture of total surrender and submission to authority by Jesus. Authority, which was actually given by Him and His Father!!  Jesus had the right to call down ten thousand angels, but he chose to do what was right for God’s children, for others!. Jesus came to fulfill the will of the Father, not His own will and knowing that “this suffering” and His crucifixion was the only way the plan of salvation could be accomplished.  This is a vivid illustration of what Paul said…

 

“He gave up His divine privileges” (Philippians 2:7).

 

He didn’t stop it all just because He could; or because He had the right!!  He was looking at the bigger picture, God’s greater purposes. What greater purpose or will do you think God is calling you to? What “rights” might you have to surrender to step into this call? Choose what is “right”.

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2 Responses to “Daniel Fast – Day 19, thurs.”

  1. Angie Keaton Says:

    Wow!!! This morning as I was reading John 19, God really spoke to me about the price that Jesus paid for me. He endured the beating, the mocking, the pain – all for me. Thank you, Jesus, seems so insignificant compared to what He did for me. I started thinking of my life and how it is not my own. God did not withhold ANYTHING, not even his precious Son. Jesus did not hold onto His right as being God Himself or the glory of Heaven. I am overwhelmed with such love for me. Oh, if we all, myself included could even grasp the depth of His love. How dare we(I) think that being a disciple would not cost us(me) anything? It cost Christ His life, but He willingly – willingly gave it up. Thank you so much, my Lord, for giving me your life. I pray that I will live each day and give my life away for YOU and YOUR glory!!!! I Cor. 6:20 – “you are bought with a price, therefore glorify God with your body.”

    • mikekeaton Says:

      my love, what a great testimony of what God shared with you yesterday. i find great comfort in knowing God speaks to my wife. what a great blessing it is to have a wife who listens to God and connects to Him. thanks for sharing… i love you!

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