“From then on his driving purpose startled his friends and enemies alike. Nothing could stand in the way of what he was conscious of having been sent to do. To do his Father’s will was his very meat and drink (John 4:34).” – Christopher J.H. Wright, Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament.
“From then on his driving purpose startled his friends and enemies alike”: People didn’t understand Jesus; neither His family nor His friends. The disciples were clueless prior to His death and could barely grasp what Jesus was doing through most of His ministry here on earth. But, Jesus knew His purpose; He knew why God His Father had sent Him to this world, and He fully accepted that calling.
What is your purpose in this world?
I would argue that there is something more to your life than simply waking up each morning, working, going to school, making money, getting married, raising kids, etc. I think the greatest purpose in each of our lives is to glorify God and make Him known. Jesus knew this purpose as well [John 13:31].
When we look at Jesus, his purpose in life defined his actions. His actions didn’t make sense to many at that time because they weren’t quite sure of what His purpose was. Our lives should model this very thing. Ultimately what others think of you or what others think you should do with your life is irrelevant in comparison to what God calls you to do with your life. He calls us to “take up our cross daily;” or to “die so that we may live;” or to “view others as better than ourselves.”
The next sentence in the quote says, “Nothing could stand in the way of what he was conscious of having been sent to do.” Jesus knew and understood what He had been sent to do, and nothing could distract Him or change His mind from that singular mission and focus. The same could be true of us if we would put the time and effort required to figure out what God’s plan is for us. Steven Furtick, in his sermon series called “God’s Will is Whatever,” describes a way to discover God’s will: When we are walking in God’s ways, we will be walking in God’s will.
So fully pursue the ways of God; pursue the principles He lays out in Scripture; meditate on and apply the Bible to your daily life; converse with God on a daily basis. The more consistently you converse with God and learn about Him through the Bible, the easier it will be to know and understand what He has you here on this earth to do.
Once you know this, don’t let anything stand in the way of accomplishing God’s will and plan for your life. You are the only one who can do what He has sent you to do. You are unique and God wants to use you. Don’t let the devil distract you through earthly passions and desires; through possessions and wealth or anything that is temporary.
Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus Christ: “Looking to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” When our eyes are fixed on Jesus, they won’t be fixed on the temporary problems or situations we go through. We will see things through His eyes and His perspective and they won’t distract us from our mission.
“To do his Father’s will was his very meat and drink.”
Living life to it’s fullest isn’t about getting ahead and making money and making a name for yourself; it is about Jesus Christ and integrating Him into every minute detail and event in our lives in order to build a bridge to make Him known.