Many people lack resolve. Their lives fail to demonstrate a sustained sense of ambition or direction. When difficulties arise, they readily succumb to the hardship standing in their way. And when distractions pop up, they are all too easily amused and diverted from accomplishing their goals. As a result, their lives quickly pass them by and are essentially wasted.
In Mark 1:38, Jesus demonstrated great resolve. In this verse, Jesus makes clear to the disciples his determination to proclaim the Gospel, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out” (Mark 1:38). This statement more than likely caught Jesus’ followers off guard. The previous evening Jesus had an incredible night of ministry exorcising demons from the oppressed and healing the sick. Jesus’ disciples more than likely believed he was ready and primed to do it again the next day. He was not. As his statement in verse 38 reveals, Jesus had in mind other things that he needed to accomplish. He needed to preach the Gospel.
Jesus’ resolve stemmed from the time that he regularly spent with God his Father. Earlier that day, verse 35 reports that Jesus got up “early in the morning…went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.” Through his intimate conversation with God, Jesus was able to remain focused on the mission that his Father had given him to complete. Jesus’ resolve to do God’s will and speak His word is also revealed in John 12:49 when he said, “For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment – what to say and what to speak.” As the Gospels make clear, this commandment directed every aspect of Jesus’ life and ministry.
People who regularly spend time with God do not lack resolve. They are well aware of what God has called them to do with their lives and how they are to spend the time that He has given them here on earth. Individuals who do lack resolve, however, need to do what Jesus did. They must spend time with God by talking to Him and reading His word (i.e. The Bible). Through this communication, God will reveal the first few steps of faith that He desires them to take. And as their interaction with Him increases, a greater sense of resolve will be cultivated in their life.
The Bible is full of people who are instilled with God-given resolve. In the Old Testament there is Moses who encountered God in the Burning Bush. Through this interaction, Moses is tasked with delivering God’s people from Egypt and leading them into the Promised Land. In the New Testament there are the Apostles. After spending three years with Jesus, they are assigned to be his “witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8). The ultimate example, however, is Jesus Christ. Through Jesus’ determination to do nothing but his Father’s will, God saved sinners from Satan, sin, and eternal death.
People who maintain and demonstrate resolve are practically unstoppable. Although they may stumble, they eventually persevere through whatever difficulties may come their way. To say the least, their lives are not wasted. God is able to work through them to accomplish His awesome will. And in a world filled with many who lack ambition and determination, their resolve is inspiring and powerful.