Friday, August 24, 2012

Was Jesus Goal Oriented or People Oriented?

I admit that I sometimes get so caught up in meeting my goals that I forget about people along the way. It's tough to admit that since I am in the people business. On the other hand, I struggle with the fear of man and the desire to please everyone. This can cause the pendulum to swing in the opposite direction resulting in my missing the very goals that God told me to pursue. What about Jesus? Was he more of a task guy or a people guy?

“And He said to them, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I reach My goal.’” Luke 13:32

Jesus had a goal: to reach Jerusalem and His eventual atoning death. In the meantime, he also had short-term objectives: to cast out demons and heal people (teaching is not mentioned in this verse, but He was doing that also). Nothing - not the power of the king or the opposition of the religious leaders could stop Jesus from His focused effort. Jesus did not fear Herod or allow the death threat to get Him off track because He saw and knew the ultimate power of God. He made the clear statement: "I will reach my goal" and He did.

Depending on the Holy Spirit, I must discern which goals are God-given and then I must doggedly pursue those goals. I also must remember that there are things that God wants me to do along the route in my pursuit of the main goal. Jesus did not just ignore everyone and everything as He marched to Jerusalem. No, he healed people, battled demonic forces, and taught people about the Kingdom of God. These things He did as He was moving toward His ultimate goal. In this and so many ways He is a real example for me to follow.

1 comment:

  1. Al,

    It's really well said brother. Letting God dictate the goals does seem to be the way to resolve the tension between being goal oriented and people.