søndag 12. mars 2017

...towards a goal

When I last Friday concluded the study of the letters to Timothy, the final reflection was about 'ending on the right note' - which is the same as ending up where you intended to go. Paul was very target focused in his mentoring of Timothy and ensured that his disciple developed good habits to achieve the goals of the mission (1).

To be target focused is an important trait whatever we want to achieve. Some years back, I spent forty days reflecting on Rick Warren's book "Purpose driven life" (2) on this blog. The book confirms how important it is to live for a purpose and set goals. I have also repeatedly expressed my excitement of Eugene Peterson's definition of discipleship as 'Long Obedience in the same direction' (3). I become more and more convinced that it is an ingenious definition, and it confirms the value of having clear goals.

Jesus knew the purpose of his life, and he knew that the most important goal of his mission would take place in Jerusalem:

Jesus took the Twelve aside and told them, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled.”
Luke 18:31
Luke also described the reaction of the disciples in this way: “The disciples did not understand any of this. Its meaning was hidden from them, and they did not know what he was talking about.” v 34 (3). Nevertheless, they followed the master because he knew where he was going. This truth highlights the importance of knowing his will and goals.

‘Manna’ for today:

It is God’s will and goals that are important
PS My intent is to continue on the road to Jerusalem in preparation for Easter
(1) See e.g. “It is about lifestyle” and “Journey of Renewal”
(2) The series starts with the entry "The next 40 days" – only available in English through google translate.

(3) See the reflection 'Long obedience in the same direction' – only available in English through google translate.
(4) It is this kind of verses which makes the Bible trustworthy for me - see “How blessed humanly ...”

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