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Following Jesus’ Example (LWB)

Chapter 5: Lies Women Believe About Priorities

Day 2: Jesus’ Example

Lie #18 (part 2): “I don’t have time to do everything I’m supposed to do.”


I hope you took the time to develop your personal purpose statements. Knowing where you came from, where you’re going, and who you belong to is crucial in being able to make good decisions on both a large and small scale.

We’ve been working backwards on this subject, in case you haven’t noticed yet :). First we talked about the practical side of things such as how to make a priority list and how to schedule your time. Then we talked about the purpose of your life – which is what you need to know in order to effectively schedule your time and determine your priorities. Now we’re going to look at Jesus’ example so we can see how it plays out. 

John 13:3-4

Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist.

For context, this is at the Passover the night before Jesus was betrayed. He knew He would be betrayed (and by whom) and He knew his time on earth was coming to an end. However, at this point in the night, Jesus decided to get up and serve His disciples in a very humble way by washing their feet (a job reserved for the lowest of the servants) – even washing the feet of the man who would betray him in a matter of hours.

Why would Jesus do such a thing? Humble himself to that position, sacrificially give and bless a man who had turned on Him, who had been playing Him? For that matter, why would Jesus humble himself to the ultimate pain and humiliation of crucifixion?

Let’s look at the passage again:

John 13:3-4

Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist.

Jesus knew who He was, where He’d come from, and where He was going, SO he got up…. It was because Jesus was secure in His identity and His purpose that He was able to give of himself, and to do the hard things that God had called Him to do. 

And that’s the bottom line – Jesus’ identity: The Son of God, full of grace and truth and power. Jesus’ purpose: Obey God.

John 5:19

Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.”

John 8:28-29

So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me.  The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him.”

John 12:49

For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken.

And finally, in John 17:4,

“I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do.”

How did Jesus know what to do? The Father told him.

How did Jesus know where to go? The Father told him.

How did Jesus know what to say? The Father told him.

How did Jesus know when His time was up? He had finished the work His Father gave him.

You know what we don’t see in Jesus’ example? We don’t see Jesus being reactionary to the people around him. He doesn’t do what the people ask him to; in fact, there are many times when he did the opposite. The people wanted him to stay, and he left. The people wanted him to perform miracles, and he refused. Why would he do this? Because He was getting direction from His Father. It didn’t matter what people said or did to Him, because His purpose and identity were tied to His father, not his friends, family, peers, or enemies. 

Jesus didn’t live for people – He lived for His Father. He also didn’t live for Himself. If Jesus had decided to do what He wanted, I seriously doubt He would have gone to the cross for us. But He was obedient to the Father. because that was His purpose. And as He fulfilled his purpose, He brought glory to God. He provided a way for us to know Him.

Your commitment and obedience to the Father’s purpose for your life will always result in God’s glory, but it doesn’t end there – it always results in a blessing for not only yourself, but for those around you. 

Sometimes we get caught up in what we think we know. We have our “Sunday school answers,” and we know what we’re supposed to say and do. But that doesn’t mean we do them. So when asked our purpose, we can quickly and easily respond that we have a desire to glorify God. But your walk talks louder than your talk talks. Just because you know something doesn’t mean you believe it. In order to live in such a way as to bring glory to God, you must stop living for yourself. You must stop living for others. And you must start living for the Father. 

Success is not determined by what other people say or think or how I feel – it is determined by what God says. If you want to hear “Well done, good and faithful servant,” then it’s time to start being a good and faithful servant. 

It’s time to submit our entire lives to God – not in a general sense, but in a very specific way. Your daily life under His direction. God can’t direct your life if He’s not directing your day. You don’t magically end up where He wants you in the future; it starts now, in the decisions that you make today.

There is such freedom in giving God control of our days. Rather than becoming a slave to the expectations of myself or others, I can simply focus on doing each next thing that God has for me. I don’t have to do it all! I only need to do what God wants me to do – and He promises the time and the grace to do everything He has for me each day. 

So here’s the bottom line – am I working my agenda? am I working the agenda of the world, my friends, my family, or others who I feel the need to please or compete with? or am I working God’s agenda?

Let’s follow Jesus’ example and remember Who we are (a child of God), where we came from (what He has done for us), and where we’re going (eternity in heaven with God!). And as we remember these things, we can find the freedom to do what God says to do; to say what He says to say, and to live how He says to live.

“If you read history, you will find that the Christians who did the most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.”

-C.S.Lewis

Who are you?

Where did you come from? 

Where are you going? 

 

 

 

Key points to remember:

  • God can’t direct your life if He’s not directing your day.
  • I don’t have to do it all! I only need to do what God has for me each day.
  • God only promises grace and time for what He has called me to do.
  • I must believe that God’s plan is better than mine.
  • Living God’s purpose for your life will always result in the glory of God and blessing of others.

 

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