What is it that you are determined to do no matter what? What pursuit do you find yourself chasing no matter what the results? Perhaps you don’t really think about what drives you. Jesus modeled single-minded drive toward one purpose while He lived on earth.
Luke 9:51 says, As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. Jesus has a resolute purpose to follow God's plan for His life. His whole goal for living was to be ready for the time when He would be taken up to heaven. He wanted to stand before His Father and be able to show that He did everything He was given to do during His time on earth.
As the time approached for Jesus to be taken to heaven Jesus didn’t stop and question God's plan. He didn’t look for other ways to save the world. He didn’t take time to enjoy some of the pleasures of earth He hadn't been able to experience. He didn’t take a brief vacation in Hawaii, or travel to Asia for some rest and relaxation. He set His heart, mind and body in the direction of Jerusalem.
This caused me to question myself: What are you resolute about? Shamefully, I could come up with a few I hate to admit. One, that my husband loves me the way I want to be loved. Two, that I finish my to do list for the day even if it means missing out on important conversation. Some days I find myself resolute about just doing nothing, letting my to do list and everything I need to do go undone while I oversleep, waste time watching TV or get involved in other mindless pursuits. When am I resolute about doing God's will?
The time is approaching for us to go to heaven. Each day we are one day closer to our eternal destination. As this time approaches, what are you resolved to do? If you knew for sure that Jesus Christ was returning to take you back to heaven tomorrow, what would you spend your time doing today? It seemed that Jesus asked Himself that question. Each day was a pursuit of God's plan for His life.
I don’t know about you, but I want to be resolute about the right things. Reading these words about Jesus caused me to stop and realize that if I am not resolute about God's purpose for my life, I will be resolute about my own goals.
I love this Covenant Prayer by John Wesley:
I am no longer my own but Thine.
Put me to what Thou wilt, rank me with whom Thou wilt;
Put me to doing, put me to suffering;
Let me be employed for Thee or laid aside for Thee,
Exalted for Thee or brought low for Thee;
Let me be full, let me be empty;
Let me have all things, let me have nothing;
I freely and heartily yield all things to Thy pleasure and disposal.
O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
Thou art mine, and I am Thine.
So be it.
And the covenant which I have and one earth, let it be ratified in heaven.