Staring at the cough medicine, my 5 year old, Nathan was loath to take, I offered to make it easier on him by giving him a cup of juice as a kicker.
He stared at the cup of juice and then turned back to look up at me.
“Dad, can I do bravery?”
“You don’t want the juice?”
“No, not until after the medicine. I want to do bravery.” was his reply.
“Why do you want to ‘do bravery’ Nathan?” I was probing now to locate my son’s heart.
“Because that is who God made me. I am a warrior.”
“How do you know that, Nathan?”
“Because you told me, Dad.”
In similar fashion, we believe what our Heavenly Father tells us… or we don’t.
Jesus was given a cup by His Father, and now that I look back at it, Jesus’ dialogue in the garden was not all too different. Jesus wanted to “do bravery” as well. Love for us compelled Him to drink that cup. And knowing how loved we are compels us to drink what Jesus hands us.
That cup comes in many forms… one of them is the cup of Truth, the cup of His Word.
No one can drink it for you…
(EDIT: The Lord laid it on my heart to mention the truth that although this interaction was focused around “men” – this reality, calling and destiny is intended for all His children, including His warrioresses )