Have you ever conquered a vice of yours only to have it crop up again? Maybe you have a habitual problem with pride. Or lying. Or lust. Or perhaps its an addiction you can’t quite shake. You think you’re done. You conquer the issue. But it comes back. So you conquer it again. And it comes back.
It can be frustrating. Disheartening. Infuriating. Depressing.
But I’m sure you know this. Any Christian who strives to live a sanctified life knows this. Paul the apostle knew this. He said, “For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.” Romans 7:15
This is the life of the Christian.
There is a constant struggle with our flesh. A fight with our sin nature. It’s a battle we must live to fight daily. There’s no escaping it. Do you know who else knew this fight.
In the garden of Gethsemane, Christ fought with His nature. In Matthew 26:39-44 we see that Christ prays three times for his “cup” to pass from Him. We can understand that Christ was asking the Father to allow Him to not go to the cross.
Christ came to earth to die, and right before, He wasn’t sure He wanted to. He struggled with the thought. He struggled with submission. He wavered in His willpower.
Christ was human.
Take comfort in the fact that the God of the universe faced the same struggle that you do. He conquered it through repeated prayer, and so can you.
The Christian life is a call to sacrifice. A call to surrender.
“And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” – Luke 9:23