What Jesus Did! 'Family Time' — John 2:12

Thursday, February 3, 2022

After the wedding [Jesus] went to Capernaum for a few days with his mother, his brothers, and his disciples.
— John 2:12 NLT

Key Thought

Ministry can be euphoric. Ministry can be discouraging. Ministry can be dangerous. In fact, the euphoria can be more dangerous than the discouragement. Many of God's greatest servants faltered in times of victory and success. Frequently, however, Jesus gets away from the mayhem of the masses that are enthralled with him. Regularly, he gets away for time to be alone with God. Frequently, he gets away to be with his closest disciples. Occasionally, he gets away simply for time with his family and friends. Those of us who want so much to serve Jesus must learn this vital lesson: We need rest, we need nourishment, we need friendship, and we need family. Let's not let the euphoria of being used by Jesus lead us to an arrogance that we don't need others.

Today's Prayer

Father, forgive me for trying to hoard my experience of you to myself. Give me a sense of balance, a holy sense of rest, and a genuine sense of value in being with people I need and who need me. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Luke 5:15-16
  • Mark 6:31
  • Mark 1:35-38


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Illustration of John 2:12 NLT — After the wedding [Jesus] went to Capernaum for a few days with his mother, his brothers, and his disciples.

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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