31 At that time some Pharisees said to him, “Get away from here if you want to live! Herod Antipas wants to kill you!”
32 Jesus replied, “Go tell that fox that I will keep on casting out demons and healing people today and tomorrow; and the third day I will accomplish my purpose. 33 Yes, today, tomorrow, and the next day I must proceed on my way. For it wouldn’t do for a prophet of God to be killed except in Jerusalem!
Purpose. Jesus was all about accomplishing His purpose. Nothing else mattered. Nothing would stop Him from doing what the Father called him to do. Not death threats, mobs, lack of sleep, or missing the boat to cross the lake. Jesus was laser focused on his purpose.
Time management is not my strength. And it often seems that there are not enough hours in the day, but when I stop and lay out my day putting God first, surprise, surprise there is now enough time to get what I am called to completed.
There is an illustration of rice and walnuts in a jar. With the walnuts representing time with God and the rice representing all of the things we need to get done in a day. If you add the rice first to the jar and then the walnuts, everything will not fit into the jar. But if you add the walnuts to the jar first and then add the rice everything fits into the jar, reminding us to put our time with God first and everything else will fall into place.
May we all strive to have the dedication to purpose that Jesus had in verse 32.