“On Mission for Jesus”
GROWING IN CHRIST
Luke 4:42-44 “At daybreak Jesus went out to a solitary place. The people were looking for Him and when they came to where He was, they tried to keep Him from leaving them. But He said, ‘I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.’” (NIV)
Jesus was constantly going non-stop from one group. . .to crowds. . .to other ministry opportunities. Jesus began his day by finding a solitary place for time with His heavenly Father before leaving for another town when the local town’s people found Him.
These people had not had enough of Jesus! Put yourself in this situation. You have taught, healed, and ministered to many, but it is time to leave; yet those you have been with want you to stay! Recognition and admiration from others could have quickly sidetracked Jesus from God’s mission; He could have chosen to bask in the adoration and excitement of the people around Him. Why not? “After all, they want ME to be with them longer.” “I am doing great things here, so they must need ME.” “This place is not that bad. The people are nice, the activities good, and I am helping out, so it probably would be good to stay a while longer.”
Instead of focusing on Jesus’ choice to stay on mission by preaching the good news to other towns, it might be good to look at His first choice of the day – spending time with God. Jesus’ first priority of spending time with God prepared Him to stay on mission. Jesus spent His life cultivating a relationship with God that formed and directed His life.
Psalm 42:1-2 says, “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?
How often do you get off mission for God by sidelining God by choosing the world or your desires first? Jesus found time to be with God even though He was busier than almost any person you have ever known. From sun up to sun down, Jesus was inundated by peoples’ needs, yet He consistently made time for God.
Look at what activities displace Jesus in your life and you will generally find some of the gods of your life. Jesus knew His purpose and mission, so that personal glory and desires were not going to sidetrack Him. Jesus’ steadfast purpose and God’s work through His life were greatly enhanced because of the time He spent with God each day. Is anything keeping you from spending devoted time with God each day so that you can stay on mission for Jesus?
Mark 1:35 “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed.” (NIV)