Are you one of those people who starts each day with a to do list? Most of the time I do, and if something gets done that’s not on the list, I write it down just so I can mark it off.
But, there are times when I don’t want a to do list. I like the idea of doing what I feel like doing.
No matter which scenario fits you best, most of us have something in common: We want a passion or purpose in our lives that is overarching – more than just the things to get done in a day.
In Luke 4 (continuing the plan to read all of Luke through December), I see Jesus focused on his purpose.
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.” Luke 4:43 NIV
How did he know? Yes, he’s Jesus so we can say that’s how he knew. Fair enough. But, we also see a model of how we can know.
- He was led by and followed the Holy Spirit (in this case, into the desert)
- He fasted and prayed
- He fought the devil with word of God (which happens to be the sword of the Spirit, see Ephesians 6:17)
- He contitnued to get alone in a solitary place to pray
- He was not swayed by what men wanted him to do
Jesus was on a mission. As we read the continued story of his life, the season of his mission changed. For a time, he preached. Later, a time came when he sacrificed himself on a cross. Then the precious day came when he arose. For now, he sits at the Father’s right hand in heaven, interceeding for us, until God sends him to earth as judge.
So what’s this mean for us?
We should expect our purpose to have seasons of doing different things. In order to know what they are, we need to follow Christ’s example from Luke 4.
God, help me to focus on you. To get still and listen, to be led by your Spirit. Interrupt my plans for life and my very days with your assignments. Give me courage to then follow, relying on your strength.
What’s your biggest challenge in being focused on God’s desires for you? Does each day’s to do list relate to your purpose?