Jesus came to the earth approximately 2,000 years ago to reveal the Father’s heart to each of us. In 1 Corinthians 2:9, Paul talks about what Jesus did on the cross and says,
9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.1 Corinthians 2:9 KJV
Jesus came to reveal who God is to us and the infinite love God has for us. That was His purpose. So often in today’s society, we have a generation of people who feel like they don’t have a purpose. They often get out of high school and start college, but don’t know what they want to do or be so they end up drifting – 1 year of this, the next year of that, etc. The end result is a generation who don’t know where they fit in and what the true meaning of their life is. They look for fulfillment in a job, person or hobby, but ultimately they will only find emptiness.
By looking at the Habits of Jesus, we can learn a lot about ourselves and how we can be fulfilled in this life. Today, I want to look at three habits that shaped Jesus’s life and who He was. People are changed by their habits. What you or I consistently do matters. It is probably one of the most important things we could ever talk about because without changing what we do consistently we won’t change.
Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved. Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.1 Corinthians 10:33-11:1 KJV
Habit #1: Godly Company & Hungry
46 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.
47 And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.Luke 2:46-47 KJV
This is an excerpt from when Jesus was a boy. He went to the temple (church back then) to hear from others with more knowledge. Yes Jesus was a man too. He wasn’t just born with all knowledge of everything. He had to study.
Jesus sat and listened to and asked questions of the religious leaders of the day. He was curious and wanted to learn more about His father God.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,Matthew 5:6 NKJV
For they shall be filled.
You have to want to get better and grow in knowledge. The beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord.
Don’t Listen to Evil Character
Now maybe someone is thinking, “But what about when Jesus sat with the tax collectors and heathens.” Remember this scripture,
“Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.”1 Corinthians 15:33
Don’t let anything evil communication come from your mouth. Who was doing the talking in those situations? Look at the direction that the words / “communications” are flowing. Jesus didn’t surround Himself with people who were speaking negative or evil words. In fact, remember when Peter spoke in Matthew 16:22-23 and tried to talk Jesus out of going to the cross?
22 Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee.
23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.Matthew 16:22-23 KJV
Jesus wasn’t having it! He put that statement in its place because it was contrary to the Word and was “evil communication”.
KEY TAKEAWAY: Jesus was hungry for all of God and none of the World.
Habit #2: Dedicated to ONE SINGULAR VISION
28 I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.John 16:28 KJV
Jesus was not messing around. He found what God told Him to do and went for it. He didn’t let people or needs move His hand. Think about this. Jesus had plenty of excuses to get distracted.
- His cousin John the Baptist was in jail and beheaded.
- Lazarus – His friend – died (and was later raised from the dead).
- His family tried to distract Him.
- Matthew 12:46-50 – “…Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?…”
People all around the world wanted Him to go with them, but yet He remained focused on only serving and doing what His father God wanted Him to do. Can you imagine just the three things I listed above would be enough to distract most people for the rest of their lives from doing all that God wanted them to do!
This is what our society is lacking – FOCUS. Pick ONE thing and do it with all your might. And the Bible is pretty clear on what that “ONE thing” is.
5 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.Deuteronomy 6:5 KJV
This takes the guesswork out of who we are or why we are on this planet. Truly I believe that everyone is called to preach the gospel if they would just grow in their love of God enough to take that step.
Jesus because of this singular focus was effective for God. He did what God wanted HIM today. Now we must follow after what Jesus did. Because Jesus had this focus he knew…
- Where He came from
- John 20:21 KJV
- Where He was going
- John 14:3 KJV
- What He had to do
- Isaiah 61:1 KJV
- Mark 1:38 KJV
- John 12:49-50 KJV
He knew who He was and it allowed Him to live a fulfilled life in ¼ of the time we have available to us.
Next week I want to finish up talking about the habits of Jesus. When you begin to look at the stories of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and look for things Jesus did repeatedly, you’ll begin to see the habits that make Jesus who He is.