There are chores and responsibilities and daily tasks around the house that we all have to take care of. It’s no surprise that many chores are not pleasant – like mucking out a horse stall… or scooping up after your dog in the yard (that was a once-a-week chore at our house)… or cleaning out the cat litter… or emptying the garbage… or cleaning the toilet… or just cleaning your room… or vacuuming the carpet, mopping the floors. Nobody’s eagerly waiting around and cheering when they get those kinds of assignments. Yet, they need to be done. And you can do unpleasant chores willingly, joyfully, carefully, and with excellence… or you can hate every minute of it and fill your heart with rebellion and anger. It doesn’t matter if you’re a volunteer doing chores, or a slave forced to do them, or a servant, the attitude of the heart is what matters to the Lord.
So, consider Jesus. Consider the unpleasant, painful, tragic, traumatic and horrific chore of suffering and dying on the cross of Calvary to pay the price for the sins of the world – suffering & dying for your sin and my sin and the sins of your children and those who will come after you – to pay the price for sins he never once committed. What was Jesus attitude about that? Did he begrudgingly commit to do this terrible deed, resenting every moment? Did he harbor anger & bitterness toward his Father because of it? Was he forced to do it – forced like a slave working in the cotton fields of the south in the 1800’s who had no other choice but to do it? Not at all! The scripture says this: “For the joy set before him, he endured the cross, scorning its shame.” (Heb 12:2) Can you believe that verse? Also, Philippians 2:6-8: [Jesus] who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made him-self nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death – even death on a cross! It was a painful death, a most painful sacrifice. He was whipped, a crown of thorns pressed into his head, nails drive into his hands & feet, spear pierced his side. Jesus didn’t walk away from the task when it became too difficult in the Garden of Gethsemane where he struggled with his task. (Father, if it be possible take this cup from me. Yet not my will but your will be done.) He had an attitude of humility and meekness and obedience to the Father. He willingly went to the cross. For the joy set before him he took on the horrible chore and grim responsibility of going to the cross. His heart was filled with compassion – not anger… with love – not hatred… with submission – not rebellion. Jesus was an all-in willing servant, not a one-time volunteer.