“Not My Will” was written for “Knowing Jesus” to show the commitment to which Jesus went to the cross. In the Garden of Gethsemane, he knew exactly what was waiting on him. He wasn’t fearful of Pilate or the Jews or the torture or the cross. He comprehended he was about to absorb the entirety of God’s wrath upon him.
In light of his coming crucifixion, Jesus stated his desires. If there was another way to provide salvation for mankind, his flesh would have readily accepted it. But since there was not, he was resolved to state these famous words: “Not my will, but Yours be done.”
Can you imagine if we lived like this? No matter what God called us to, no matter how difficult it might be, no matter the circumstances facing us, we look at him and say “not my will, but Yours be done.”
Kennerly, Nivens, Strutton, and myself put most of this one together one afternoon. We kept studying the gospel accounts and working through this. The verse structure was started at my house with Kennerly, Peggy, and Michael D. We kept working through things, and then I had this chorus idea for the song. It had a lot of hands on it but it came together as a very special song.
It also has some neat turnaround musical moments that try to display both the beauty and depth of this moment in Jesus’ life. It attempts to show the tension in this decision but the triumphant resolve of Jesus.
We can’t wait to do this live again on March 29 & 30th. Here are some links to keep you informed and to help us get the word out:
Get chord charts for entire album here.
Listen to a snippet below or get your copy on iTunes.
Travis Agnew serves as the Lead Pastor of Rocky Creek Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is Just (About) Married.
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