the paradox of promotion – pt.2
“Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over. In the same way, anyone who holds onto life just as it is destroys that life. But if you let it go, reckless in your love, you’ll have it forever, real and eternal.”
-Jesus (John 12:24-25 The Message)
Before we get too far…if you haven’t read “the paradox of promotion – pt.1” you will want to do so now or this post will not be as clear.
Lets dive into the first strategic moment in Christ’s process of promotion…
The Gethsemane Place
The second garden. Adam lost all of humanity in the first garden, Eden. Christ began the process of the redemption of all humanity in the second garden, Gethsemane.
Gethsemane literally means “an oil press”. It is a place of great pressure and a place of great decision. The Bible notes that as Jesus began to pray in the garden His sweat became like great drops of blood. Why the intensity? Why the press? Because the Gethsemane place is the place of consecration. The prayer of Jesus indicates the process He was engaging.
Let’s look at the most powerful words ever spoken in Gethsemane:
“Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done” (Luke 22:42 NKJV).
The prayer of consecration is the prayer to do the Father’s will regardless of anything else. The cup that He spoke of was the punishment for the sin of the world. Notice He says, “if it is Your will” and “not my will, but Yours be done”. Sound familiar? Of course, this is the very same thing that Jesus taught us to pray.
“Your kingdom come. Your will be done. On earth as [it is] in heaven” (Matthew 6:10 NKJV).
If we are to take our seat in heavenly places we must first consecrate our lives to His will. His will should be paramount in our lives.
Food for thought: if our will supersedes His, then who is Lord?
When we place our will above His, we place ourselves on a fleshly throne and disqualify ourselves from sitting in the heavens with Him. We must live the consecrated life. We must have a Gethsemane moment in which we cry, “Not my will but Your will be done”.