What Jesus Did! 'Sticking with the Mission' — Luke 4:42-44

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The next day Jesus went to a place to be alone. The people looked for Jesus. When the people found Jesus, they tried to stop him from leaving. But Jesus said to them, "I must tell the Good News about God's kingdom to other towns, too. This is why I was sent." Then Jesus told {the Good News} in the synagogues in Judea.
— Luke 4:42-44 NLT
Illustration of Luke 4:42-44 NLT — "I must tell the Good News about God's kingdom to other towns, too. This is why I was sent."

Key Thought

The wilderness was the quiet place Jesus went to be alone with God; it was a place of renewal and relationship for Jesus. It was a place of renewal because this was where he reconnected with his Father and his Father's will. It was a place of relationship because Jesus would speak directly and privately with his Father. After being wildly successful blessing people and making things better, Jesus is now fully committed to going to other villages and sharing the Gospel because that was his mission. If Jesus took time to be alone with God in a special place, then we must follow his example and do the same. If we don't, then we will continue to be distracted by urgent things and lose our focus on the things most essential to our mission!

Today's Prayer

Father, forgive me for trying to do too much of my ministry on my own. I recognize that my wisdom is shallow and lacking, especially when there are so many pressing urgent demands. Please show me your will and help me to stay focused on your mission for my life. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Luke 5:16
  • Luke 11:1-4
  • James 1:5-8


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.