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

Saturday, February 3, 2018

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

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. Jesus, however, frequently gets away from the mayhem of the masses. 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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About This Devotional

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.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.