For more than five decades, Frank Sinatra has been one of America’s most popular entertainers. Perhaps he is best known for the song “My Way.” Apparently it has struck a responsive chord among his fans.

What chord is that? Self-will. It’s the dominant desire of human beings to do things their own way. And that’s exactly how the song ends: “I did it my way.”

In the ordinary affairs of life, the exercise of self-determination may be commendable. But in relationship to God, our way is never right. Our self-will must be subordinated to His will, as our Savior submissively prayed in Gethsemane’s Garden, “Not My will, but Yours, be done” (Lk. 22:42).

Regardless of how painful the surrender of our will may seem, obedience to God saves us from unhappy loss in this world and irrecoverable loss in the world to come. Proverbs 14:12 reminds us that a sinful insistence on self-will can be self-destructive: “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” Trustful obedience to God’s way, however, brings blessing both now and forever.

Whenever you feel like saying, “I want to do it my way,” remember that Jesus did it His Father’s way.