December 24, 2016
Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him, and he began by saying to them, "Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing."
Andre Agassi was a great tennis player. During his career, he won eight Grand Slam singles tournaments, an Olympic Gold medal, and $31 million in prize money; not to mention the millions of endorsement dollars. And yet Agassi hated tennis. In an excerpt from his biography, Agassi said, "I play tennis for a living, even though I hate tennis, hate it with a dark secret passion, and always have."1
I believe that God has placed every believer on a mission. We are, after all, "God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do the good work, which God prepared in advance for us to do" (Ephesians 2:10). But Agassi is not alone in his emotion. Many spend their lives in a job but not on a mission. Many loathe what they do for a living. What a shame! The question of every person is: What did God build me to do? The quest of every person is: I am going to do what God built me to do!
Jesus, our Savior and example, understood his mission. Our passage today speaks of a time In Nazareth when Jesus read from the scroll of the prophet Isaiah in the synagogue. Unrolling the scroll, he found Isaiah 61:1-2, and read,
The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good
news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and
recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year
of the Lord's favor.
Let's follow the Leader and be about our mission.
Father, don't let me rest until I learn what you built me to do. Don't let me rest until I am about the business of doing it. In Jesus' name. Amen.
1 Sports Illustrated, Nov. 3, 2009, 54