Focused on your purpose
Mark 10: 32-34 “They were on their way up to Jerusalem, with Jesus leading the way, and the disciples were astonished, while those who followed were afraid. Again he took the Twelve aside and told them what was going to happen to him. 33 “We are going up to Jerusalem,” he said, “and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles, 34 who will mock him and spit on him, flog him and kill him. Three days later he will rise.”
There are 3 groups walking to Jerusalem; one group are astonished, the other afraid, but one person is different than the other two groups, Jesus, he is leading the way, he knew his purpose, he was ahead. Where are you? Where would you put yourself today? It depends on whether or not your purpose for being here is all-consuming.
Your purpose in life is that of Christ, it will take many different forms but ultimately will be for people, in the end it will have something to do with the transformation of their lives through the love of God.
Jesus kept his purpose fresh and alive:
He took the disciples aside, “again”. This was the third time of doing so and perhaps there were other occasions too. Your purpose needs to be reiterated time and again. It needs to be ever before you.
He provided more details this time, he spoke of the Gentiles on this occasion which he hadn’t done before. Sometimes our purpose is one of discovery and this is done over various seasons of our life.
He knew he had to take them with him, “we”. Who do you need to come with you? The people you choose are the ones who will enable you to get to that place.
Jesus knew his purpose was not easy:
He spoke of being delivered over (a betrayal), being condemned, mocked, spat at, flogged and killed. There will be times when you feel out of control and pushed from here to there. But of course the end result is worth it!
Jesus’ purpose was not easily understood
Some will be astonished and some will be afraid and these can be the closest people to you. It was the disciples who were filled with “wonder and amazement at his bravery” (TPT) whilst the other followers were simply afraid of what might happen and they will soon tail away as the heat intensifies in the city. Around you can be a mixture of all kinds of emotions and it is important not to be swayed by either but focused on what is your purpose in life.