I’ve been reading a book lately- “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield. It talks about the concept of resistance.
Resistance will turn up when you are in pursuit of any calling in writing, art, film, dance, entrepreneurial venture, health regime, spiritual advancement, breaking addiction, education, anything that requires an act of courage, determination, decision for change, anything that aims to help others is going to encounter Resistance.
Basically anything that rejects immediate gratification in favour for long term growth attracts resistance.
The author says the rule of thumb is that the more important the call or action is to our soul’s evolution, the more resistance we will feel towards pursuing it.
It’s something you know you need to do, but you find every excuse not to do it.
That might not be everyone’s experience but I would hazard a guess that the majority of people will have gone through this. I’ve seen and read enough to know it is true at least in the Arts.
I was reflecting on this idea of resistance and as I thought about it-
You know Jesus, the perfect one, but also the fully God and fully human one, experienced a form of resistance?
Matthew 26:38-39- Jesus in Garden of Gethsemane
He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” 39 He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me.
We know that Jesus was fully God but I wonder if we reflect much on the fact that he was fully man. He experienced and identified with some of the emotions that we feel- joy, anger, sorrow and dread. The amazing thing was He experienced this all without sin.
There was a critical prayer that followed that statement when he said “May this cup be taken from me ‘Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”
It shows the incredible character and nature of God. The foresight to see the bigger picture The greater purpose.
We often experience resistance on things that have a long term purpose.
For Jesus the pain was for a purpose and the purpose was you.
Jesus saw beyond even those living at the time. That is the supernatural love of God- to redeem you and I today. Love overcame the anguish of Jesus being separated from the Father.
Hebrews 12:2 [Look] to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God
Jesus endured the cross, one of the most painful ways to die, because he loved you with an unconditional love.
He endured the cross because you were His joy. He endured the cross because there was joy in fulfilling the will of the father.
He has given all His love to each one of us through this act and it can never run out because God is infinite, all powerful, all knowing and supreme.
There is no circumstance that would cause God to have to make a choice to love you. He loved you before you born, he loves you until you die and will love you for eternity. He loves you with a fierce and unending fireball of love and nothing can ever change that.
Today, take a moment to reflect in light of our own struggles with resistance, that love and doing the Fathers will was what propelled Jesus to the cross for you and I.
Ps Elissa Parsons