He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying,
‘My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I
will, but as You will.’" – Matthew 26:39 NASB
Clay was born in Hanover County, Virginia, on this day in 1777. After
moving to Kentucky, he became one of the most influential men in the
early days of the American republic. Although he lost two bids to
become President, he made his mark as a powerful congressman and
senator. He became the chief advocate of the Missouri Compromise in
1820 and other legislative measures. As a result, he became known as
"The Great Compromiser."
Clay symbolized the person who was
able to work out deals and develop compromises that solved problems.
Clearly there is a place for these compromises in many parts of our
lives. But, in our spiritual lives, compromise can destroy our
testimony and cripple our faith.
On the night He was betrayed,
Jesus realized that even He could have sought to compromise with the
plan God had for His life. But He surrendered completely to
the Father, and dedicated Himself to doing His will His life .
many Christians fill their lives with compromise. Instead of standing
for the Gospel, they allow themselves to be corrupted by the world.
Instead of serving God with their whole hearts, they become polluted by
earthly habits and thoughts.
Today, make sure that you are not
compromising with the things of God. Fill your mind with His Word.
Dedicate yourself and your resources to His kingdom. Surrender your
life to Him. When you pray, tell Him, "not as I will, but as You will."
Then live for Him in everything you do.
I seek Your will in my life. I surrender my life to You. Forgive my
sins. Use my time, my talent, and my treasure that others might know
Jesus as Lord. In His name. Amen.