Jesus wasn’t just wandering around the Holy Land aimlessly.  He was walking with a purpose.  We too, as we seek to live incarnationally as he did, need to walk with a purpose.  That doesn’t mean we’re in a hurry or that we’re not relational.  Quite the contrary, actually.  But it means we view ourselves as being sent and know that we are about the work of the Father. As Jesus himself said, “In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth” (John 18:37).  What is your understanding of why you came into this world?

  • Jesus took time to consider his purpose before acting. (Luke 4:1-13, Luke 2:41-52)
  • Jesus had a clear understanding of his primary goal (John 18:37)
  • Jesus was intentional about where he was going and what he was doing (John 4:1-6, Luke 9:51-52)
  • Jesus was sensitive to the Spirit and flexible when opportunities came up (Luke 19:5, Matt 9:18-22).
  • Jesus ignored or avoided distractions that took him off course (Matt 12:46-50).

Highlighted teaching: Ecclesiastes 12