I was reading Mark today about the crucifixion of Jesus. While he was on the cross people were mocking him. I got to thinking about how we react when people mock us. I know that there are times that my pride rises up and definitely wants to show where I am right and they are wrong and the battle to control my mouth has begun. Sometimes I win and other times my pride does me in and I have to make amends for my actions. I was thinking about how Jesus didn’t let his pride rule over him. He didn’t let His pride rob him of his destiny. He kept his eyes on his purpose and He didn’t allow others to divert his attention. He could have proved He could come down off the cross but then He wouldn’t have accomplished his purpose of being the Savior of the world. He had to suffer the cross and these people were attempting to divert him from his purpose by stirring up his emotions. How many times do we let people stir us up and get us off our task? How many times have we let our pride rise up and rob us of our prize?
Father God, I thank you for the plan you have for my life Help me to stay focused on the race you have set before and help me to run it expecting to win and get the prize. I pray that when distractions and temptations arise to get me off the path that I would not allow my pride to rule over me but that I would be like Jesus and keep my eyes on you and your assignment for me. In Jesus Name, Amen.