What’s In It For Me?

What’s in it for me, is often a question we ask ourselves when faced with questions and situations from the serious to the sublime.

Faced with impending death on the cross, Jesus understood “what was in it for Him” as he prayed to the Father in the Garden of Gethsemane. As Christ asked, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me?” 

Despite knowing what was in it for Him – a painful, shameful, and awful death on the cross – Jesus still said to God, “Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.”

As Christians, we often want to ask God the question, “What’s in it for me?” We ask this question, especially:

When we are asked to give more time or money than we feel comfortable in giving.

When we are commanded to love that neighbor that is difficult to love.

When we face the death of a love one who died too soon, or in a way that we cannot understand or accept.

What’s In It For Me?
What’s In It For Me?
What’s In It For Me?

When we follow the will of the Lord, the question is simply answered by what Jesus said in the garden: “Your will Lord, not mine.”

Jesus in John 15:7-8 says, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask and whatever you desire, it shall be done for you.  My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.”

Abide is an Old English word signifying progressively to “await, remain, lodge, sojourn, dwell, continue, and endure.”

In this passage Jesus is telling us that if we abide in Him, thereby, following God’s will not our will, then “Whatever we desire it shall be done for us.”

So by doing God’s Will – whatever is in it for me – God will make it happen for me!

Think of it this way:

If What’s In It For You Is: Financial Freedom, then follow God’s will and you will get it.

If What’s In It For You Is: The repair of a relationship between you and a love one, then follow God’s will and you will get it.

If What’s In It For You Is: A Job, A Marriage, A Car, A House, or even an Ice Cream Sandwich, then follow God’s will and you will get it.

When Jesus gave us the answer “Your will Lord, not mine,” to the question, “What’s in it for me?”

Jesus also demonstrated through His death and glorious resurrection, that God really and truly knows what is best for you and for me.

God showed us His love because the Lord gave us His only Son to save us and redeem us. … Why? Because only God could truly answer the question…… “What’s in it for me?”

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