A Single, Solitary Focus

July 8, 2016 | Tags: ,

When the days were coming to a close for Him to be taken up, He determined to journey to Jerusalem.

-Luke 9:51

What I will never get over, nor can I fully understand, is the supreme ability of God to hone in on something so perfectly and precisely. This characteristic of God’s can be seen all over the Bible, but let’s focus specifically on Jesus’ mission to the cross. He understood that He came into the world for one reason–to die for the sins of humanity. That’s the true love of God. “No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). Jesus knew His single, solitary focus, and He would not allow anything or anyone to stand in the way. No Pharisee’s relentless questioning. No ignorant disciple’s misunderstanding. No devil’s tempting. Jesus put aside all these to make sure He followed the way of the Father all the way to the cross.

I cannot tell you how much I admire and desire this ability for myself. Distractions, temptations, and misunderstandings come along from every direction, trying to get me off course. My heart’s desire is to seek the Father’s will for today and to follow it. While I won’t be able to do it perfectly like Jesus did, I can strive for it more and more. And I do this by surrendering myself to God each day.

Going back to our verse in Luke 9, I see an interesting pattern at play. Verse 51 says, “When the days were coming to a close for Him to be taken up…” We know that Jesus went before us at the resurrection, and the next event on God’s timetable is for us to be taken up at the rapture of the church (see 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:50-52). Could it be that we, like Jesus, hone in on the Lord’s single, solitary focus for our lives as the days grow closer for us to be taken up? God’s will for our lives is our sanctification (1 Thessalonians 4:3), and each of us are given different gifts and abilities in order to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. As God works in and through us, we surrender our lives and cooperate with Him. As we do, we grow more and more like Him. God’s single, solitary focus for His church (to complete it) grows closer to fulfillment each passing day.

This is heavy stuff. There’s much to meditate on as we consider these things. But as we do, we can take this away with freedom and joy–God is working in us, enabling us to both desire and to work out His good purpose (see Philippians 2:12-13). He’s the one in charge. We just keep seeking Him one moment at a time.

“I am God Almighty. Live in My presence and be blameless.” -Genesis 17:1

By Courtney Silberman

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