Notice how Jesus gives us the great model and purpose for ministry. “And when it was day, he departed and went into a desolate place. And the people sought him and came to him, and would have kept him from leaving them, but he said to them, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well; for I was sent for this purpose.” And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.” (Luke 4:42–44).
Is God making your purpose very clear? Like Jesus, are you willing to pursue that purpose and not allow anyone or anything to divert your energies and attention (See also Galatians 3:1)? Tomorrow we will look at the Apostle Paul and how he lived his purpose. If you understand God's purpose for your life and begin to pursue it, this would be the greatest Christmas gift of your life!
From the very beginning of Jesus’ life on earth, His path was constantly endangered by those who were bent on killing Him. First it was Herod who felt threatened by a baby called “king of the Jews” (Mt. 2:2). Then it was the religious leaders who sought to kill Him (John 5:18; 7:1; 8:37). The plot of the Jews and the cooperation of the Romans finally achieved their threats through crucifixion. BUT NONE of this distracted Jesus from His purpose! Note what Jesus says regarding His impending in John 12:27-28.
“Father save me from this hour? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name!!” Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.”” (John 12:28).
Are you secure in knowing and living God’s purpose for your life, no matter what you face? As Jesus was never distracted from His purpose by opposition, trials or persecution (death), let us have this same mind-set and follow His model so the Father is glorified through living our purpose! Tune in again tomorrow for more on God’s purpose for you.
Jesus knew His purpose in coming to earth as a man:
Do you know your purpose for being here on earth? What eternal impact will your life have? Please tune into this blog tomorrow for more challenging Scriptures about the purpose for which Jesus came to earth.
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