I am traveling to North China with purposeful friends from Texas and New York. This morning I was reflecting on my previous trip to China where I met a woman who travelled by bus for 16 hours in order to see me at a Sunday meeting. She said to me, “I wanted to see you and share my vision and purpose for my life with you… I believe God has anointed my life as I serve Him in Northern China. It has not been easy, but my Lord is faithful and has given me the strength to do His will”.
Likewise, Jesus was aware of God’s purpose for His life on earth. He, too, was careful to fulfill the purpose of the Father and accomplish what He had been sent to do.
One time Jesus went to Capernaum, a city near Galilee, where He preached the Word and performed many signs and miracles. The news went around that Jesus was in the city and a great crowd came to the house of Simon to be ministered to. The sick received healing and demons were released. At the end of the day, Jesus withdrew himself and went to a deserted place. But the crowd sought Him and tried to keep Him from leaving them. From a human point of view, what happened in Capernaum would have been seen as a very successful ministry trip. There was much deliverance and the Word was preached to many; however, Jesus had kept His focus on His Father’s purpose. He told the people, “I must preach the kingdom of God in other cities also, because for this purpose I have been sent”. He then travelled around the region and preached in the synagogues of Galilee.
The disciples returned with food and gave it to Jesus, who replied, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.” The disciples did not understand what Jesus meant so he explained, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.” — John 4:34. Jesus’ focus surrender to the will of God and, thereby, fulfill the purpose of the Father.
When Jesus was crucified He endured the most painful and difficult hour of his life. “But he said, ‘I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent’” — John 12: 27-28. Even during a moment of human greatness, Jesus reflected His first and foremost thoughts towards finishing His divine purpose. It was predetermined that Jesus would be crushed on the cross for the sanctification of many and bring eternal salvation to the world. This was only possible because Jesus was committed to the Father’s purpose.
God has a blueprint for our lives. Each of us has been given a plan and a purpose. The question is, are we faithful to the purpose predestined by God? Do we understand His will and purpose in our lives? Do we strive to keep His purpose before us? If Jesus was so determined to fulfill God’s purpose, how much more should we seek to fulfill His purpose in our lives?
We are not to follow the world, but to follow Christ and carry our own cross daily. The Lord wants you and I to be examples of how to be obedient to His plan and seek after Him.
A Prayer for Today
Dear Heavenly Father, help me to realize your plan and purpose for my life. Send forth the revelation of your purpose and strengthen me to do your will. In the wonderful Name of your Son and Savior, Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!