A godly life is led by the way we think. If men are going to lead in their homes, church, work, and in all areas of life, it must be preceded by godly thinking. A wrong mentality leads to wrong living and leading.
As Jesus was heading to the cross, He was confronted with His own thinking. Jesus departed the Upper Room and the Last Supper and moved to the Mount of Olives to pray. His disciples followed. He commanded them to stop and pray as He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw. Jesus needed to be alone with His thoughts. He needed so seek his heavenly Father for strength through the mental battle that was raging in His mind.
Luke tells us of Jesus’ agonizing prayer in Luke 22:42-44, “’Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.’ Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him. And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.”
Jesus’ bloody sweat is a condition known as Hyperhidrosis, and is indicative of extreme physical and emotional stress. Jesus’ mental state at this time was overwhelming. Emotionally, the mind is in the “fight or flight” mode. Everything inside of Jesus’ mind was saying run! However, this would have been disobedient to God the Father. “Not my will, but yours, be done.”
Jesus’ obedience to God the Father was directly linked to a proper mentality. In Jesus’ humanity, He agonized over the mission ahead of Him. His mind was screaming as the drops of bloody sweat ran down His face and fell to the ground. Jesus’ job was to lay down His life for mankind. The only way for Him to succeed was to focus His mind on His Heavenly Father and rely on His strength. Obedience to God cannot be mustered up in our own strength. It must come from God. Jesus’ mission was overwhelming and humanly impossible. Many times, our mission on earth seems overwhelming and impossible. Leading in a marriage and as fathers is daunting and downright scary at times.
Easter reminds us of the terrible sacrifice Jesus made on the cross for our sin and our inability to conquer sin in and of ourselves. It is a reminder that He rose from the grave and conquered death, leading the way to rescue men from an eternity in Hell. But let it also remind us that we, as men, cannot lead without the right mentality. Our thinking must be driven by a complete reliance on God alone. If Jesus had to completely rely on His Father, then we must do the same.
Men, let this Easter be the start of new leadership in your home. Godly leadership. Sacrificial leadership. Leadership that looks beyond circumstances, money, and power struggles. Let this Easter be the year you start agonizing over simply pleasing God and leading your family from the greatest position of power—your knees.