An Obedience-Driven Life

Michael Beck

“Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.” (John 4:34)

When men get a sense of their destiny they eat, drink, and breathe the thought of fulfilling it. The stronger our purpose, the more determination we have to reach our destination. No one wanted to complete his mission more than Jesus Christ. But as much as Christ wanted to finish the work God gave to Him on the altar of Calvary, His every day obedience to the will of the Father was the necessary prelude to that last great act of consecration.

The end never justifies the means. No matter how important we deem our calling, it will forever be tainted if we fulfill it unlawfully. Paul warned Timothy: “And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.” (2 Tim. 2:5) When Jesus uttered the words, “It is finished,” He did so with a perfect conscience. He died the sinless, spotless, blameless Lamb of God. No cheating, stealing, lying; no stepping on anyone else; no strife, no living for the reward of man’s praise. Jesus lived to always please the Father – that was His destiny, day in and day out.

Christ lived in the world of men. He lived in a time when men were just as ambitious and cutthroat as they are today. But He “did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth” (1 Pet. 2:22) He never justified evil in the cause of good. He stayed on track from beginning to end; and now He is the author and finisher of our faith. Look to Him every step of the way. Seek to walk even as He walked. Finish the work He has given you to do. But remember, no destiny is worth fulfilling outside of daily obedience to God.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.