TUESDAY, JULY 28
“And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness”
Luke 4:1 (ESV)
SELF-CONTROL: KEEP YOUR MISSION CLEAR
A young driver was in a hurry to get to an appointment and illegally parked his car. He left this note under the windshield wiper of his car, “So sorry, but I have circled the block for twenty minutes. I am late for an appointment and if I don’t park here, I’ll lose my job! FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES.”
When the driver of the car came back, he was shocked when he found a parking ticket on his windshield with the following note: I’ve circled this block for twenty years as a police officer….if I don’t give you a ticket, I will lose my job! “LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION!”
Jesus is our ultimate example when it comes to resisting temptation and self-control. In Luke 4, Jesus is being led by the Spirit of God and He goes wherever the Spirit leads Him and Jesus does whatever the Father tells Him. The clarity and direction Jesus had from the Holy Spirit empowered Him to resist temptation when it came.
The Apostle Paul uses the analogy of an athlete competing in 1 Corinthians 9:25, “And everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.” Paul argues that athletes exercise self-control because they are motivated by a clearly defined goal and understand that in order to achieve that goal, they must (at least for a time) resist the distractions that originate from their bodily passions and desires.
We mentioned earlier that Jesus was full of the Spirit and led by the Spirit. The Spirit set His mission. What is God’s mission for your life? How could a lack of self-control sabotage God’s mission for you? Ask God for the focus of a world class athlete in following His mission for your life.