Jesus Was In It to Win. Are You?

Posted: March 2, 2011 in books, discipleship, evangelism, gospel, quotes

“[Jesus’s] life was ordered by his objective.  Everything he did and said was a part of the whole pattern.  It had significance because it contributed to the ultimate purpose of his life in redeeming the world for God.  This was the motivating vision governing his behavior.  His steps were ordered by it.  Mark it well.  Not for one moment did Jesus lose sight of his goal.

That is why it is so important to observe the way Jesus maneuvered to achieve his objective. The Master disclosed God’s strategy of world conquest. He had confidence in the future precisely because he lived according to that plan in the present.  There was nothing haphazard about his life – no wasted energy, not an idle word.  He was on business for God (Luke 2:49).  He lived, he died, and he rose again according to schedule.  Like a general plotting his course of battle, the Son of God calculated to win.  He could not afford to take a chance.  Weighing every alternative and variable factor in human experience, he conceived a plan that would not fail.” – Robert Coleman, The Master Plan of Evangelism, pp. 18-19

Let this first be an encouragement to us!  The Son of God calculated to win, and He will succeed!  Every knee will bow and every tongue confess that He is Lord!  In joining Him in the fight, we are joining a battle that has already been won.  In rising from the dead, Jesus achieved the victory!  We are merely called to join Him in His victory march (2 Cor. 2:14).

But let this also serve as a serious call to action.  Jesus understood His mission and was intentional with His whole life in seeking to fulfill that mission.  We share part of His mission – raising up more disciples who will follow after Him, living in and for His kingdom.  We must be focused, as Jesus was focused.  We must always be “on mission,” as Jesus was always “on mission.”  Let us not waste any energy, nor one word!  Rather, let us pray with Jim Elliot:

God, I pray Thee, light these idle sticks of my life and may I burn for Thee. Consume my life, my God, for it is Thine. I seek not a long life, but a full one, like you, Lord Jesus.”

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