What Jesus Did! 'Everybody Knows Your Name' — Mark 3:16-19

Saturday, February 20, 2016

These are the names of the twelve men Jesus chose: Simon (Jesus gave him the name Peter); James and John, the sons of Zebedee (Jesus gave them the name Boanerges. This name means "Sons of Thunder"); Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot. Judas is the one that gave Jesus {to his enemies}.
— Mark 3:16-19
Illustration of Mark 3:16-19 — "Sons of Thunder"

Key Thought

People in God's family have names, histories, and futures. They are different in their interests and their vocations. Yet they all have one thing in common: Jesus! Let's not limit our expectations or dreams for people in the Kingdom of God because of their pasts, their names, their occupations, or their reputations. Let's trust that Jesus can and will use anyone who fully yields his or her life to his purposes.

Today's Prayer

Father, forgive me for the sin of prejudice. Open my heart to see that you want all kinds of different people in your family so that others can be touched by what they see and so that your Church can be fully energized with all the various kinds of people you have created. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Then Jesus went up on a hill. Jesus told some men to come to him. These were the men Jesus wanted. These men went up to Jesus. Jesus chose twelve men and called them apostles. Jesus wanted these twelve men to be with him, and he wanted to send them to other places to tell people {God's message}. And Jesus wanted these men to have the power to force demons out of people. These are the names of the twelve men Jesus chose: Simon (Jesus gave him the name Peter); James and John, the sons of Zebedee (Jesus gave them the name Boanerges. This name means "Sons of Thunder"); Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot. Judas is the one that gave Jesus {to his enemies}.

Mark 3:13-19

Related Scripture Readings

There are different kinds of {spiritual} gifts; but {they are all from} the same Spirit. There are different ways to serve; but {all these ways are from} the same Lord. And there are different ways that God works in people; but {all these ways are from} the same God. God works in us all to do everything. Something from the Spirit can be seen in each person. The Spirit gives this to each person to help other people.

1 Corinthians 12:4-7

Is Apollos important? No! Is Paul important? No! We are only servants of God who helped you believe. Each one of us did the work God gave us to do. I planted the seed (teaching) and Apollos watered it. But God is the One who made the seed grow. So the person that plants is not important, and the person that waters is not important. Only God is important, because he is the One who makes things grow. The person that plants and the person that waters have the same purpose. And each person will be rewarded for his own work. We are workers together for God. And you are like a farm that belongs to God. And you are a house that belongs to God.

1 Corinthians 3:5-9

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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