1. Jesus knew He was from the Father, and His identity was in the Father. He said, "...the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner." (John 5:19) If your identity is in anything other than the Father, you will be insecure. If your identity is in your ministry, your church, your job, your abilities and talents, or even in your doctrine - I can promise your security will be threatened.
Did doctrine matter to Jesus Christ? of course it did! But somehow He was different from the "doctrinal killers" called the Pharisees. Jesus believed the same Bible verses they believed, but with one remarkable difference: the Pharisees and Sadducees knew about God, but Jesus knew the Father. He was not frightened or threatened by the thought of losing anything here on earth, because His security came from knowing that He Himself was in the Father.
2. Jesus knew He was going back to the Father. He was motivated by eternal values. What will be important in the light of eternity? Try and live your life with that thought in mind. Things that seem like a big deal to us now will not seem nearly as big in ten million years. Ten million years from now we're going to be terribly embarrassed that we let so many little things ruin our peace of mind!
3. Jesus knew that the Father had given all things into His hands. He was here to die on a cross and save the human race from eternal damnation. He never let that thought stray from His mind. He had a purpose and a sense of being.
Friends, when are we going to be convinced that God has given us incredible purpose here on earth? We are the people God has commissioned and ordained to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. We're the ones He has chosen to pray His Kingdom come and the will of God to be done on earth as it is in heaven. We are the people of God, folks, and we can take security from the fact that we are ordained of God.
Dean Sherman, 2/22/2007