“As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.” (Luke 9:51 NIV)
If you want to be resolute in your life, follow Jesus. Resolute means to be admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering. Jesus is admirably purposeful, determined and unwavering as He walks to His death. Stop for a moment and think about what He is doing, really think about walking to your death. Not only do you know you’re going to die, but that it’s going to be a torturous death. You are going to hang on a cross, with nails through your hands and feet, your head bleeding from the thorny crown. How would you be walking? I’m not ashamed to say, I wouldn’t be walking. I’d be doing everything possible to not have to do that. Not Jesus, He’s walking towards His fate. He is doing what none of us would ever want to do, and He’s doing it resolutely. If you want to be resolute, follow Jesus.
If you want to be resolute, follow Jesus.
Age, for me, in many ways is a blessing. I don’t worry as much as I used too, I see my past mistakes much clearer. I have the advantage of hindsight and it’s illuminating to me. One thing has never changed, I hate doing what I don’t want to do. And I have a very strong will. I have fought this fight my entire life, I’m still fighting it. I want to do what I want to do, and I get frustrated when I can’t. But that isn’t Jesus, it’s not who He is. In order for me to be more like Jesus, I have to learn to do what I don’t want to do. And I have to do it resolutely, but how?
We don’t do it on our own. Jesus may have had to walk to the cross alone, but He did it so we would never have too. He did it so that He could always walk with us. Jesus walked resolutely because He knew the end game. He knew He would rise again, overcoming death and creating a bridge to God no one could destroy. He did once and for all what is impossible for us to do alone. The beauty of our walk with Christ, we’re never alone, no matter what we’re doing.
You can walk resolutely today, no matter what you’re facing, because Jesus is with you. You are not alone. You are never alone. He is always with you. Just because you can’t “feel it” all of the time doesn’t make it any less true. He promises He will never leave us nor forsake us (Heb 13:5 NIV). Therefore, you can walk resolute knowing Jesus is with you.
Question of the Day:
What is Jesus walking with you through today?
Further Reading: Deuteronomy 21:1-22:30 NIV, Luke 9:51-10:12 NIV, Psalm 74:1-23 NIV, Proverbs 12:11 NIV