Setting Your Face Like Flint: Professionally

Luke, an eye witness to the life and legacy of Jesus said this about him at one point in his life and work, “When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem.” Another translation says “he set his face like flint to go to Jerusalem. (Luke 9:51).  Jesus absolutely knew what he had to do and he set his feet to match his face and he went forward. For Jesus, this meant that he knew deep down what he needed to do and where he needed to go. For Jesus, it was all about going to Jerusalem--that place where his reason for being would unfold for the whole world to see. It makes me wonder if I know what I need to do; what I must do with my life?  There are moments in our lives when we think we know what we ought to be doing with our one and only life. We set the course; perhaps choose a major then we go out and try it.   But the Bible doesn’t tell us that Jesus tried to do what he thought he ought to do. No, we’re told he set his face like flint. Recently, I sat with a 35 year old man and his wife as we talked about what he ought to be doing with his life. There were many options because this couple was so beautifully gifted for so many courses in life. But through the course of our work together that day, he became galvanized on the one thing he knew he ought to do with his life. He wanted to fly. He wanted to get his pilot’s license and fly airiplanes. This decision and resolve would mean going back to talk to his boss; getting a plan together of who would take over this job and move into the direction of his face and heart—to get qualified to fly airplanes. He said, “I am at a cross-roads with my life. If I don’t do ‘it’ now, I will never be able to do it.”  It was the only resolve he needed. Since our weeks together, my friend has recalibrated his professional direction. He told his boss, who was in total agreement and set out on an intentional course to fulfill his boyhood dream of becoming a pilot. As we closed our time together at our retreat, I read to my friend, this verse from the book of Proverbs: “Souls who follow their hearts thrive” (Proverbs 13:9 MSG). 

  1. What do you need to do in the next 30 days to set your face like Jesus did and do what you were meant to do?
  2. What do you believe God made you to do while on Earth?
  3. What would it look like for your to follow your heart knowing that God is the one who placed the desires deep within you?