“As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene, named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross. They came to a place called Golgotha (which means ‘the place of the skull’). There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, he refused to drink it.” – Matthew 27:32-34
At first glance, the passage above might just seem like a paragraph of small details leading up to the crucifixion. However, there is one specific detail to pay close attention to. In the midst of the pain and agony Jesus was experiencing, some soldiers offered him some wine to drink. But this wasn’t just any type of wine.
This drink was actually considered one of the strongest painkillers in the world at that time. Soldiers would often offer this wine to men who were being crucified for two reasons – one, so they could endure a longer, more torturous death, and two, so they could be anesthetized and be numbed to the pain.
When Jesus tasted the drink and realized what it was, he refused to drink anymore of it. Why? Because He was fully committed to enduring the entirety of the purpose He came to earth to fulfill. He did not want any sort of painkiller. He did not want to miss clarity of His mind, even though it would cost Him physically and cause immense suffering.
Jesus modeled such an important lesson to us when He refused the drink. He showed us what it looks like to be fully committed to our Heavenly Father and the call He has placed on our lives. As followers of Christ, we are called to live lives fully surrendered to Him. Christianity is not designed to be a one-foot-in-one-foot-out kind of deal. But unfortunately a lot of people look at it that way.
C.S. Lewis once said, “Most people don’t want enough of Christ to change their lives. They just want enough of Christianity to give them social respectability.” What would it look like if you had an all-in approach when it came to your faith? How would your life be different if you fully committed to Christ?
Let me encourage you friend, even though taking a step towards complete commitment might not be easy or comfortable, it will be a worthwhile decision. There is no better way to walk through life than to walk it with your Heavenly Father. I pray that you make the decision today to commit to Him like you never have before, and watch how He begins to work in your life.