“As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.” – Luke 9:51
I have given in to the annual introspective gravity of New Years, and true to form, have looked for guidance from Jesus (it seems more and more that I can do nothing of significance without some sort of connection to him to justify it).
It seems a bit odd to me that this resolve made by Jesus was necessary at all. My view of him is that he had “resolutely set out” for his mission of love in Jerusalem long before this moment.
His resolve showed up countless times…
- …like when he didn’t give into Satan’s 3 temptations in the desert.
- …like when he walked away from the people who wanted to make him their earthly king.
- …like how he persevered with his slow-to-believe-or-understand disciples.
- …like when he came from heaven to earth in the first place.
He seems like a pretty resolute guy, you know? But here he is…resolving once again to stay on mission. Resolving, perhaps, to take his next appropriate step towards that mission at the appropriate time.
“What do I need to resolve to stay on mission?” it makes me ask. “What is my next appropriate step towards my mission at this time?”
It’s a good question for all of us.
I like to think of myself as a pretty resolved kind of guy. I know my mission and I try to protect it and live it out with zeal and gusto.
Knowing your mission is of paramount importance. It provides you with the luxury of what you need to say “no” to in your life. But there are still plenty of decisions within that mission that must be discerned, decided upon, and then resolutely set out for.
I love Jesus for being a model of this for me.
Do you know your mission? Do you know your next step appropriate step towards it?