In the current series of blogs on Jesus we are focused on what he did rather than on what he taught. The purpose is to learn the various ways in which he reacted to the common experiences of life and apply them where we live. Quotations are from my translation of the four gospels, Jesus, In His Own Words adjusted where necessary to third person.
Having healed the woman on the Sabbath, Jesus "continued going through towns and villages, always teaching, as he pressed on toward Jerusalem" (Luke 13:22) The word that comes to mind is constancy, that “quality of being unchanging or unwavering, as in purpose, love, or loyalty." Jesus “continued” on his mission, he was “always” teaching, and he “pressed on" toward Jerusalem. In short, he displayed a remarkable constancy. No issues of secondary importance derailed his steadfast commitment to what was central.
Luke pictures Jesus going through one town after another teaching and healing as he went. Certainly the families of those he had healed would have been delighted to have him stay a bit longer in each town along the way but a cross was waiting for him in Jerusalem. With eye fixed firmly on that goal, he moved steadily forward.
So how should this quality be seen in the lives of us who in the 21st century claim to be following him? Certainly we need to get our priorities in order. Why are we here and what does God want us to be doing? There is nothing wrong with the "Caribbean cruises" of life, but one has to guard against the non-essential replacing what is strategically important for our Lord.
And while we are moving along that particular route that God has laid out for us, let's be sure we keep moving. We may be tempted to stay in town A because it is such a pleasant place, but town B is waiting for what God wants to do through us there. Each stage in life has its own unique opportunity so let's not dillydally