Submission to God is focused in its obedience and it is intentional in its faith. Christians must not be aimless in their obedience to God, or vague in their faith in Him. Aimlessness is not a Christ-like quality. Biblically speaking, aimlessness is condemnable; not commendable. We should think about where we have come from, where we are going, and all that we have in Christ; then we will be free to get busy doing God’s will for our lives. Jesus was focused in His obedience and intentional in His faith as He approached the cross. In the twelfth chapter of John we read that as the time for Jesus’ crucifixion drew near, He said, “Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour” (v.27). We also read in Luke 9:51 that “When the days drew near for him [Jesus] to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem.” Just like our Lord, we should set our faces to go where God is calling us. We should remember that the circumstances of our lives are not happenstance, they are divinely ordained by God for our good and for His glory. Intentional faith in God is imperative for the Christian life; we must believe that God loves us and that He is at work in our lives; making us holy and transforming us into the image of His Son Jesus. In the same way that Jesus did, we also must choose to believe God and be focused in our obedience to Him, even in the most trying circumstances and the most trying relationships in our lives. Holiness is not a result of the process of osmosis; it is a result of sweat, blood, and tears (Luke 22:39-46; Hebrews 5:7). Therefore, we should be intentional about taking up our crosses and following Jesus – in a life lived in the obedience of faith.
An excerpt from Walking in Newness of Life:Experiencing the Power of God in Resurrection by Identifying with Christ in His Death and Burial. (p.86)