Part 2 of Being the Leader You Were Meant to Be…. by Milton Eder
The Bible is filled with examples of men who were single-minded in their walk with God. Moses is typical. “By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value then the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.” (Hebrews 11:24-26)
The apostle Paul sounds the same note, “Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize fro which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 2:13-14)
But the greatest example is Jesus Himself. “As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.” (Luke 9:51) His men saw this and were amazed. “They were on their way up to Jerusalem, with Jesus leading the way, and the disciples were astonished, while those who followed were afraid. Again he took the Twelve aside and told them what was going to happen to him.” (Mark 10:32) Why were they amazed? Because he knew exactly what awaited Him and marched forward without flinching. He said, “We are going up to Jerusalem; and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles,.” (Mark 10:33)
Something in Jesus’ countenance cased the Twelve to feel uneasy. They were afraid of what lay before them and were awed by the courage of their leader. Jesus Christ went with unfaltering steps straight to the cross. He knew His mission and He was set to fulfill it. So it must be with us. The world nags at us to become ensnared with this or encumbered with that, but the Word of God calls us to strip down, lay aside every weight, adn press toward the mark. Single-mindedness is not easy, but it is necessary.