Jesus faced incredible opposition during His earthly ministry: barbs and scolding from hypocritical leaders; falsely accused of being demon possessed; hard-hearted Pharisees who sought to prevent Jesus from continuing His march toward Jerusalem; even the threat of death. Yet Jesus perfectly understood His mission, and so He pressed on toward Jerusalem undeterred, committed to giving His sinless life on the cross in exchange for ours. His perfect love and bold faithfulness are inspiring, and they lead us to want to walk with Him, pressing on through any challenge.
A Steward’s Reflection: Jesus was not influenced by those who were not “Kingdom minded.” He pressed on because He understood perfectly His mission. How do you use your influence to encourage, build others up, celebrating the Kingdom mission Jesus has given us? How do you use your Stewardship of Influence for the sake of extending Christ’s reign into the lives of others?
This prayer from the Lutheran Book of Worship strikes a resonant chord with those who walk with Jesus: Lord God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Walking with Jesus makes all of life an adventure, and the best part of it is that we get to walk with the One who is the Son of God.
Stewardship Emphasis: As a part of our Lenten journey, we also consider in very practical ways how God has set us apart and called us to manage all of life for the sake of the Kingdom. It causes us to reflect: What am I experiencing as I walk with Jesus? And how is He leading me for the sake of the Kingdom of God?