Resolved

31 December 2010

“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?

 

Christ's Mission, Discipleship, My Life

4 Comments to “Resolved”

  1. Brian, You are so right to observe that we can certainly do nothing without Him. The older I grow, the more certainly I know this. In fact with time we grow so accostomed to walking with Him all the time that it becomes natural and normal. Perhaps the real way we have to be resolute is to doggedly turn to Him to “live, move, and have our very being.” It is not about us anyway. Betty

    • Agreed. The other side of that coin is, the older I grow, the more I observe He will do very little in and through me without me. It’s overstating it a bit, but it is almost like God has become resolute and doggedly lets us know that He turns to US through whom to live, move and have His being. And it in that way, it is about us. Not in an ego-based, human-centered sort of way, but in a Holy Spirit based, God-centered sort of way.

      What juicy paradox!

  2. “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?”
    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.

    “Am I open to the possibility that ‘my mission’, ‘staying on mission’, ‘my knowing my mission’, ‘protecting it and living it out with zeal and gusto’ may call for fearless discernment that might strip me naked before God and change my life/mission?”
    Nothing specifically personal about you since I live hundreds of miles away, have not heard you preach/teach and do not know you.

    • As a general rule, and properly understood, yes, Bobbie. I both need and want to be (and want others to be) open to that.

      My mission, as I currently understand it, is to “make disciples of Jesus Christ through relationships by organizing a local church to do so.”

      I can break down my receptivity to changing that mission into 3 categories:

      Concerning my role in “organizing the local church,” I would say that I am very receptive (though not eager) to change.

      Concerning the “through relationships” part of my mission, I would say I am far less receptive (though not unwilling). It took a whole lot of being “stripped naked before God” for this to become my mission, and I still consider myself a beginner.

      And concerning the “make disciples” part of my mission, I’m just short of completely unwilling to change. While I want to be open to God’s will in all things, this part of my mission has such deep roots in what I think God’s immovable will is for mankind, that it would take nothing short of a miracle for Him to move me from it. That said, I do believe in miracles, so I am at least, in that respect, open to the possibility.

      How about you?

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