"And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve."
When a man finally comes to the place where he will serve God for nothing, then he becomes the most malleable—the softest possible clay. And then God can do anything with him.
Any unwillingness in him; even, and perhaps especially, in serving God for anything less than Him alone--whether for heavenly kingdoms, eternity, or salvation; stiffens the created against the Creator's hand; resists His will and plan for him. And the chronic resistance wears him down to dust; gradually drying him into a thing of hardness, which is but mere brittle weakness in the hands of such as Life. Christ asks everyone to take off that yoke, and put on His. In the gospels, Christ is insanely and perfectly malleable in this way. At all moments is He completely willing to serve his Father. Even if everything around him is evil; even and precisely in the soul troubling hour when no one and nothing is left, he will serve him.
And so the Son is made into the shape his Father wills and imagines. Heated in the crucible of the world; lain between the hammer of Rome and the anvil of Jerusalem; held by the very tongs of the devil; Christ and his loving and willing heart are hammered and pinned into His glorified shape. Out of dragon-fire is wrought the bronze serpent; raised and exalted for all to see who would look at perfect love and live; who would be made as He is made; who would take no care at what other men might do, but would finally say, "Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?"
The work done by and through and in Jesus was done. The finished work; the perfect creation of the perfect Creator may finally cry,
“Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.”