At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to [Jesus], “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” And [Jesus] said to them, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I finish my course. Nevertheless, I must go on my way today and tomorrow and the day following, for it cannot be that a prophet should perish away from Jerusalem.’ O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! Behold, your house is forsaken. And I tell you, you will not see me until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’”—Luke 13:31-35
Jesus knew that his time here was nearly done. And still, he moves resolutely and faithfully toward his imminent fate knowing that at the end of this path awaited a cross. Jesus demonstrates a fierce loyalty to his Father's plan while staying cool, calm, and collected even under pressure.
It makes perfect sense that Jesus’ resolute persona comes from deep spiritual awareness. Often the flesh gives into weakness, but the spiritual man resists the flesh with resolute determination. Sometimes even well-meaning leaders will persuade us to divert and retreat to safety. But not Jesus and not in this situation. When the pressure is on—he chooses the spiritual mission over the path of least resistance. When the pressure is on—he leans into the challenge and does not back down from confrontation. When the pressure is on—he challenges political norms even when he knows it may cost him his life. When the pressure is on—he leans into his identity because this reminds him who and whose he is. Because this is what a man of God does. This is how we are called to act.
Never miss that Jesus is the supreme example of how to live and act like men. God does not wish for his man to be driven by fear. Fear of man. Fear of the unknown. Fear of our identity. Fear of the mission. Fear of political leaders. Rather, God wants our hearts and minds centered on him regardless of what is to come. With God’s divine will at the center of our mind, we march courageously forward, acting like men of God.
DO THIS: This week, we are focusing on the discipline of scripture.
Your Call To Act (C.T.A.) today is:
- Identify: a word or phrase this scripture that builds your Godly courage.
- Pray: for 3-5 minutes about the courage you need today.
- Share: below, the word or phrase you are focusing on today.
⚡ Share That You Read Scripture Today