Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem and, even though He knew what lay ahead, He kept focused on the goal ahead; He let nothing turn Him away from His divine mission (Lk 9:51; Heb 12:2; 1 Jn 3:8).

Those who keep the end in sight make all things work for their good; they even take on what Satan and others intend for evil, and any undesirable trials, to accomplish the work of Christ in their lives (Gen 50:20; Rom 8:28). They do not have a paralyzing, victim mindset; rather they enthusiastically turn each situation to their advantage. While not unaware of what is happening around them they are not swayed in their commitment to remain loyal to the objective. Paul, a man with a mission said, I am going and although I do not know the outcome I want to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me (Act 20:22,24).

What is His unique goal for my life and am I committed to seeing it become reality? Am I dedicated to following Christ without an escape clause – or do I serve Him only as long as it is pleasing to me?

Am I allowing Satan or the cares and things of this world to distract and steal my divine inheritance from me, and stunt my spiritual life (Mk 4:18,19).

Be disciplined and establish priorities and boundaries so you fulfill your destiny. What we really believe will determine our actions. Am I being pulled in different directions, by whatever takes my fancy, or is fashionable, or am I focused on fulfilling His call for me? Don’t allow yourself to be distracted as this creates inner conflict and tension. The Bible

Always keep your eye on the goal                                           – James 1:12

compares a person in this predicament – who is confused and unstable in their character, actions and thoughts – to a wave of the sea, tossed around by the wind (Jas 1:6-8, 4:8). Jesus reminds us that it is impossible to serve two masters (Mt 6:24). Clearly establish what the will of God is and hold tenaciously to it. Our minds must be filled with the Word of God, so our faith has a firm foundation (Heb 11:1,3). Give yourself totally to Him in obedient service. Your perseverance will be amply rewarded.

See also: call/calling, determined, distraction, doubts, focus, goals, motive/motivation, priority.


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