Keep going, keep to your purpose.
John 7 v 53 – 8 v1 “Then they all went home, but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.”
They went home at the end of the day to their comfort, food and warmth. Perhaps they went home to plan again to bring Jesus down.
Whilst they were in the warmth, Jesus was on the mountain overlooking Jerusalem. He had no home of his own, he faced the cold elements of the mountain. Such a contrast. But more than this. He went on the Mount perhaps to firm up His purpose. It was such an important place.
The Mount of Olives was the place for the commencement of the Triumphal Entry; it was here where he would speak of the tribulation and his return; the Garden of Gethsemane moment would be there; the betrayal took place there and after His glorious resurrection He would ascend from the mountain. That night he prepared for all that was ahead of him.
Today people will figuratively ‘go home’ focusing on what they want from this life. The world tells them what is ‘successful’ and they search after those things. They will bunker down in their positions of righteousness being even more convinced that they are right and the world is wrong.
Yet there is another place to go to. It is the place of purpose. The place of focus and direction on what God has called you to do. Yesterday may have been tough for you and the temptation to leave and ‘go home’ is huge. There is a higher place where a far ranging perspective can be had. It is the place of being committed to serving God’s purpose for your life. Keep going. Today is not the day to back off.