It is very difficult to stay on mission. When the number of people who rely on you increases, so does the difficulty to stay on mission. The more leadership and responsibility I gain, the more difficult it is to accomplish the mission. I think back when I was young and had limited responsibilities, how easy it was to accomplish the mission. As we grow in responsibility, how do we stay focused on the mission?
Jesus was excellent in staying on mission. Jesus’ mission was to bring the kingdom of God to man. To do this, He must die on the cross to pay the ransom for the sins of men and women so they may enter that kingdom, and He must train disciples who would continue to establish His kingdom on the earth after He returned to heaven.
Jesus’ mission was not grasped by many. They had their own agenda to what they thought Jesus’ mission should be. The Jewish leaders rejected who He claimed to be, so they would never accept His mission. The disciples and the crowds still sought after Jesus, but they had their own agendas. The crowds wanted to be healed and see miracles. The disciples wanted to be great political rulers with Jesus and lead a nation that would rule all other nations.
Before Jesus would head to Jerusalem to be crucified, buried, and raise from the dead, He must train the disciples to continue the mission – to make disciples of all nations, teaching men and women to obey all that He commanded them. Jesus would often attempt to withdraw with His disciples to teach them, only to be followed by great crowds who sought healing and miracles. Jesus would often stay with the crowd for awhile, healing and teaching, but He would always again withdraw so that He could spend time training His disciples.
Jesus would often withdraw to be alone and pray to the Father. I believe this was the secret to Jesus staying focused on the mission. His time with the Father would bring Him back to mission focus.
How do we stay focused on the mission? We too must get alone with God to re-center ourselves on who God is, who we are, and what we are to be doing. We must then make the hard decisions to withdraw from good things in order to accomplish the mission that God has given us.
Father, You are God, Jesus is your Son, and the Spirit guides me. I am your child, saved by your grace to me, called to be a reflection of Your love to the world. Help me to deflect distractions and absorb your will for me today.