Jesus finished saying all these things to the people. Then Jesus went into Capernaum.
— Luke 7:1 NLT
I've lived in the country. I've lived in the city. I've lived in the suburbs. Each has its own rhythm. Each has its own advantages. Each has its own drawbacks. Jesus chose the cities. Yes, a good bit of his ministry occurred on the mountainsides or along the lake, but he felt a call to the city. That's where the most people lived. That's where the need was greatest. So after his time of ministry in teaching, he goes back to the city to share himself with those who needed God's good news of hope and salvation. As Luke tells us Jesus' story, first through his earthly ministry in the Gospel of Luke and then through his heavenly ministry through the Spirit in the early church (see the book of Acts), he reminds us of Jesus' love for the cities and his desire to save the masses. So no matter where we find ourselves living, I can't help but believe that the Master will place the lost of the cities on our hearts and call those of us in cities to share hope, joy, and salvation with those who do not yet know it and call the rest of us to fully support efforts to reach city-dwellers.
O LORD, God of the nations and lover of the people who inhabit the great cities of the world, please move me to be more selfless as I look at where I invest my time and my energies. Open my heart to the needs of those in the great cities and teach me how to reach more effectively the lost of the cities with your message of grace, hope, and salvation. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- Jonah 4:9-11
- Luke 13:34
- Mark 1:33-39
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.
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