Being away at the LiT (‘Leaders in Training’ camp) this week, we were talking about being resolute.
Resolute isn’t a word we often use these days and I wonder if it is because people in the world today are not resolute in much?
Though failings are not always due to a lack of resolve, passion, or commitment, it is still the case that when things don’t work out, we often do not like to recognise our part.
If you get a poor grade in school, it’s because the teacher didn’t instruct well enough.
If your marriage is failing, it’s your spouse’s fault, or their job, or the kids.
If you get knocked over really badly in the surf, many will hang up their wetsuits before having the resolve to get back on the board.
We are simply used to giving up at what we are not gifted at rather than being purposeful, determined, and unwavering.
Yet, as Christians Jesus calls us to be resolute in following him towards eternal life just as he “resolutely set out for Jerusalem” in Luke 9:51.
Jesus’ setting out for Jerusalem was not just him going on a trip, but it was him being purposeful, determined, and unwavering in going towards suffering, humiliation, and hardship for the sake of saving us.
Michael Raiter, one of the speakers this week, told us that we all need to go through Jerusalem on our journey following Jesus to heaven.
We are welcoming suffering, and hardship, but for the sake of the gospel.
Though the journey will not be easy, we must be RESOLUTE just as Jesus was.
And along the way, hopefully we will find the strength to do our best in education, our families, surfing, and in all things for the glory of the kingdom.