Sent for This Purpose
42. And when it was day, He departed and went into a desolate place. And the people sought Him and came to Him, and would have kept Him from leaving them,
43. but He said to them, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well; for I was sent for this purpose.”
44. And He was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.
I love this passage of Scripture taken from Luke chapter four. There are so many reasons why because I take it in a much more personal way and maybe you can relate somehow too.
We see in verse 42 that it says Jesus departed from the people into a desolate place. This is Jesus. The One Who created people. The One Who was going to die for them. He still left and needed to get away. I believe He did this for a few reasons.
#1. GET AWAY. He is showing us by example that we need to get away. Why? Get away to seek what the Lord will have to say. For me, I am a very social person. I love talking to people. I love visiting with people. I love meeting with people and talking about the Lord and what we are learning in God’s Word. I have a lot of friends and even though this is a blessing and a good thing, it can even be a distraction. There needs to be a balance of spending time with people and getting alone with God. I sometimes would wear myself out working so many different jobs, keeping up with social life, and trying to spend time filling myself up with Him just to repeat this cycle.
#2. SEEK HIM. When Jesus left, the people sought Him. If you continually have someone within arms reach, you won’t have to look for them will you? Because you know they will be there if you need something right? So if we have Jesus always right there, what makes us think we seek after Him? Don’t get me wrong, I know Jesus is omnipresent. But for our hearts to be drawn to His, He needs to depart so we will seek His face. It’s part of our growth. Our Father knows what we need before we even tell Him.
#3. SAY NO. It also says that the people would have kept Him from leaving. I want to tell you to not be like me. I’m learning to do what Jesus did. It’s ok to say no. “NO” is not a bad word. Don’t let people tell you how to live. Stand up for what you believe in and know what you have to do. People will always want something out of you, even if they don’t mean it in a bad way, it still drains you. We need to learn how to get alone with God so we can say “YES” to His purpose.
#4. KEEP YOUR PURPOSE. And lastly I love this passage because it encourages me that Jesus didn’t lose sight of what His purpose was. We have to keep an eternal perspective of what we are here to do. Is it to keep every person happy and do what they want? Of course not! Jesus also didn’t spend his time with the same people. He went from city to city because well, that’s another topic for another day. But other people need to hear about Jesus too.
Get Away – Seek Jesus – Say No – Keep Your Purpose.
We can’t lose sight of why God sent us on this earth. Just think how wonderful it is that God made you to carry out His plan! We were created for the same purpose – “To preach the Good News of the Kingdom of God”.