Research shows that people who succeed in life have certain traits in common: They have a consuming-vision, realizing their purpose in life is not just earning a living but making a difference; they have a burning desire to live out
their purpose; they have confidence; and they establish habits to keep them moving toward their goal. It is insightful to notice these traits in our Lord. He came to earth with an explicit goal to reveal His Father’s will, to offer up His life as an atoning sacrifice to make forgiveness and eternal life available for the human race. He was so passionate about His purpose that even as He faced death by crucifixion, he did not shrink from its horror. Instead, we read his words in Luke 22:15, “I have been very eager to eat this Passover meal with you before my suffering begins. For I tell you now that I won’t eat this meal again until its meaning is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God.” Jesus was determined to fulfill His purpose in the world. Today, as we partake of the bread and cup, we recall His suffering to secure our salvation. In recalling His persistence, we can gain inspiration to persist in fulfilling God’s purpose for us in our daily pursuits.