Jesus replied, “Go tell that fox, ‘I will keep on driving out demons and healing people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal. (Luke 13:32)
Some Pharisees had come to warn Jesus that King Herod was plotting to kill Him, but in today’s reading Jesus responds that He will continue His work just the same. Even in the face of threats on His life, Jesus was undeterred. He knew that His mission was more important than any earthly opposition and He would continue to do God’s will.
How do we handle obstacles to our witness? In our society it is rare that we risk our lives for ministry, but there is contention and discord facing us every day, often within the body of Christ itself. Jesus warned us that evil would do its best to prevent us from reaching people, and when we are distracted from our goal, evil succeeds.
Now more than ever, we must focus on the essentials of what we are called to do and not let anything get in our way. As Jesus taught us, we must continue the work in spite of what the world says about us. We are commissioned in His name and empowered by the Holy Spirit to be His witnesses to everyone.
Heavenly Father, make us bold to go where You send us, telling everyone the Good News of Your salvation in Jesus Christ. When we face trials or temptation, give us Your strength that we may stand firm and accomplish the task You have given us. Amen.