JESUS WAS MISSIONAL
HE WAS PASSIONATE ABOUT GOD’S WILL
By Rick Hermann
“Jesus answered, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to Me will never hunger, and whoever believes in Me will never thirst. But as I stated, you have seen Me and still, you do not believe. Everyone the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will never drive away. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but to do the will of Him who sent Me. And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that I shall lose none of those He has given Me, but raise them up at the last day. For it is My Father’s will that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”
Most of us think of ourselves as the most important person in the world. We put ourselves first. If our lives were a movie, we would think that we were the stars. But Jesus thought differently. He didn’t live His life for Himself. His life was all about others. He gave His life as a ransom for others. He came to serve and not to be served.
Jesus did all of these things because His primary mission was to do the will of His Father. The will of His Father was that everyone who believed in Jesus would have eternal life. There are some false beliefs in mainstream Christianity that teach that Jesus primarily came to make us healthy, wealthy, and happy. The goal of the Christian faith is to do the will of God. God’s blessings in our lives come as a by-product of living a life centered in glorifying God and doing His will. Life’s greatest blessing is not health, material wealth, or even happiness. The biggest blessing is in having a relationship with God Himself.
We live out the will of God when we obey his top two commands. Those commands are to Love God with all our heart and love our neighbor as ourself. Today, as you seek to obey God’s will, write down one way you can better love God and love people. Put it into practice today.
Pray for God’s will for your life. Cast aside your own desires for your life and have the boldness to do what God wants you to do. Write down things you know God is calling you to do and be obedient to do them.
Memorize Deuteronomy 6:5, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.”
God, I know that I am sometimes very selfish. I want my way and my will. Help me today to submit to You and your will. Help my life to bring You glory.