Luke 4: 16-21 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”
We have mentioned this before (and since it’s important, we will mention it again!)…when we look at Jesus’ life we see that he declared his mission AFTER receiving affirmation as a son from his heavenly Father (Luke 3-4). But what is striking is that, even though Jesus knew this mission would cost him, that (especially) those in his home town would ridicule him, he would be rejected by the multitudes, and that those he came to set free and heal would be the very ones that would nail him to a cross (you and me)…even knowing all these things, Jesus boldly and publicly declares his mission and without pause begins executing that mission! So from the outside, from a worldly perspective, it would appear as though Jesus is off his rocker. But the reality is this…Jesus knew the mission was worth the cost,because he was in intimate relationship with his Heavenly Father, carrying out His redemptive will and purpose.
So what about your mission follows Jesus’ example? Is the effect you are having on the earth a direct result of your identity as a child of God? What is your mission “costing” you? What have you had to sacrifice (from the world’s perspective) in order to be in the will of your Father?
“No man is worth his salt who is not ready at all times to risk his well-being, to risk his body, to risk his life, in a great cause.” Teddy Roosevelt