At that very moment, Jesus overflowed with joy from the Holy Spirit and said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you’ve hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and shown them to babies. Indeed, Father, this brings you happiness. Luke 10:21
We don’t see too much of this today, but when I was a boy, kids my age would deliver newspapers in the morning on their bicycles. Our son Jorge did that. Sometimes dogs would run out and chase the bikes. The kids would have to peddle faster so they wouldn’t get their pants torn.
There was one thing on their minds: “Deliver the papers and go home!” That had a job to do and a time in which to do it. Jesus was the same. He had a mission to accomplish; he kept his eyes on it till it was done. His direction was straight to Jerusalem. Along the way, there were people “barking” at him like dogs—trying to distract him from his goal of finishing what God wanted him to do. But all these distractions didn’t work: Jesus just kept his eyes on Jerusalem where he would die for us, thus finishing everything, to show us how much God loves us. Then came the resurrection and the Holy Spirit sent into our hearts to help us finish what God wants us to do.
Do you have some special dreams about your life when you grow up? You’ll need to keep the “eyes” of your heart on them, no matter what.
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