Not my will, but yours

Jimmy Cochran


The above phrase is well known from the story of Jesus as He prayed in a garden before His death. He was willing to let God’s will be done in His life … and not His own. And through Jesus’ acceptance of what God wanted, all of mankind has the opportunity for eternal life. Because Jesus accepted what God needed to have done, putting His own desires aside, He was cruelly killed and through His death and His rising from death three days later, we have Hope. We have a future. We have a way out of an eternity in Hell. And God’s Will was done.

Our sermon in church this week was based around the statement, “God is going to get done what God needs to get done. In spite of the people He needs to use.” That hit home to me. Strongly.

Over the past few years I have been very unsettled in my life … not exactly knowing what or where I was supposed to be and supposed to be doing. It all began to come to a head this past spring when I seriously began asking God to show me what to do. And I finally prayed the phrase, “not my will, but Yours, God. Break my will and my spirit if need be, but show me what You want me to do. Not what I think others want me to do, but what You want me to do. Not what I want to do, but what You want me to do.”

Very quickly, I learned to never pray that prayer unless you are serious about God doing just what you asked. He allowed circumstances to break me down which led to a new job, a new church and some areas of new personal ministry. Over the past few months, I have seen God work in my life and bring me to a place of contentment and happiness that I have not felt in many years. Many, many years. But, this new “Jimmy” came at a price and many hours of tears, soul-searching and emotional pain. But, I came through and am a better person. All because of those powerful five words, “Not my will, but yours.”

I now work for a Christian company where I have joy to go and work each day. I am back in my home church where I learned and grew as a musician, a deacon, a minister and a man of God. And, I’m happy in life and in my growing relationship with God.

Are you struggling with not knowing what to do in your life? Are you more unhappy than happy each day? Do you feel that urging of God for you to make some changes, but you are not sure what … or how? Pray the five words. Simple words, but I will warn you that if you pray that prayer, and seriously mean it, then be prepared for your life to change. The change may be in small ways or in large ways, like for me. But, regardless, your life will change. Why? Because as I have learned, God is going to get done what God needs to get done. And if that plan involves you or me, well, we need to be prepared to help God’s plan get done.

And for today my friends, this has been the gospel according to Jimmy … trying to live in God’s Will.

Jimmy Cochran is a resident of McDonough, a musician, a minister and the author of “Being God’s” and “Staying God’s,” both available at