Great personalities have crossed this planet, and we can draw important lessons from their lives.
Let’s review an episode in Jesus’ life that allows us to take lessons about staying focused on life.
Today’s story begins somewhere in the Samaria desert.
A few days ago, we talked about the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman.
After Jesus reveals himself to her as the Messiah.
The woman runs to the village to tell everyone that she had found the Messiah and to invite them to go see Jesus.
Meanwhile, the disciples had arrived where Jesus was, after having gone to the village to get food.
Read with me an unusual but important teaching that Jesus gives us through his strong convictions and capacities for execution and leadership.
Meanwhile his disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat something.”
But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.”
Then his disciples said to each other, “Could someone have brought him food?”
“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.
| John 4:31 – 31
This small fragment allows us to see clearly a very important quality of Jesus’ character.
This is your ability to stay focused on your life’s mission above the other things going on around you.
What is happening here is that Jesus knew what was going on in the village while his disciples begged him to eat.
He knew that soon a tremendous crowd brought by the Samaritan woman was going to arrive to talk to Him and meet Him.
For this reason he preferred to be fully available to serve them rather than being found eating.
Of course, Jesus was hungry.
He was a human being and had the same needs.
However, he had developed the ability to control his will and body through the development of a very important quality called self-control.
He had only one priority in his life.
Jesus said to them, “My food is that I do the will of the one who sent me and that I finish his work.
Thus, it was more important for him to fulfill the mission of attending to the needs of those people who would soon arrive than to eat.
Despite the strong insistence of his disciples, the Bible says that they “begged” him to eat.
Jesus stays focused on his mission and God’s priorities, his father.
The daily occupations of life would not distract him from doing what he had come to do on earth.
Although it is a simple story, I believe it teaches us the value of developing in our lives that same important quality.
All with God’s help.
If you really want to stay focused and disciplined in life.
This is the quality you need, and Jesus had it.
Did you know that in addition to being a quality, it is also a fruit of the Spirit of God in the life of the believer?
The Bible says that:
(…) the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (…)
| Galatas 5: 22-23
If you really want to stay focused and disciplined in life, start by receiving and allowing the work of God’s spirit in your being.
God wants to help you to have self-control, if you allow him you will bear that fruit and many others.
What is your experience? Why do you need to stay focused? What are you fighting against? Want to share something? There you have the comments.