Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. (1 Tim. 6:17-18)

Friday, November 6, 2009

Becoming Resolute

As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem (Luke 9:51, NIV).

Definition: Resolute - firm, unyielding, determined [Source: Wiktionary].

How determined, how resolute are you when it comes down to accomplishing God's mission for your life? Do you waver in your commitment, even though you know exactly what you must do in order to be faithful in your calling?

In this one simple verse, we see the strong, perfect character of our Lord. He knew that He had to travel down to Jerusalem in order to accomplish His eternal mission here on earth. He knew that He must endure painful beatings from the Jewish religious leaders and crucifixion by the Romans. He knew that He would would be all alone when His disciples abandoned Him. He knew that He would feel the painful separation from the Father when the sin of the whole world was placed on Him at the cross. When the moment came, though, Jesus never wavered. When the timing was right for Him to leave the safety of Galilee to travel to Jerusalem where His mission waited for Him, He left with incredible determination to accomplish the Father's plans for Him.

Jesus made a resolute choice to travel to a place where He knew He would need to suffer and die for you and for me. What unyielding choices do you need to make today to honor Him and His mission for you?

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