…He steadfastly set His face… (Luke 9:51).
Some of the other Bible translations fill in this meaning:
- resolutely (NLT)
- steadfastly and determinedly (AMP)
- gathered up His courage and steeled Himself (MSG)
- “to turn in a certain direction, confirm it, and resolutely follow it” (Strong’s Concordance)
Jesus could do this for at least three reasons—
- He knew “the time had come” (see v. 51 and John 13:1, 3)
- He knew the joy at the end of the journey (Hebrews 12:2)
- He knew His Father loved Him (John 3:35, 5:20, 10:17)
A mark of a godly leader is one who resolutely follows God. No matter what!
Jesus calls His followers to the same path He walked—“No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62)
It’s hard because people reject a resolute man.
It’s hard because the accommodations along the way are uncertain.
It’s hard because I have to give up my right to myself.
But the reward is incomparable—Heaven forever with Jesus!
This is part 33 in my series on godly leadership. You can check out all of my posts in this series by clicking here.