What Jesus Did! 'A Life in Service' — Mark 1:6-7

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

John wore clothes made from camel's hair. John had a leather belt around his waist. He ate locusts and wild honey. This is what John told the people: "There is a person coming later who is greater than I am. I am not good enough to kneel down and untie his shoes."
— Mark 1:6-7 NLT
Illustration of Mark 1:6-7 NLT — "There is a person coming later who is greater than I am. I am not good enough to kneel down and untie his shoes."

Key Thought

John's whole life was defined by his service to God and to God's Son. His clothing, his food, and his tasks were all defined by his mission—to prepare the way for the Lord. How could he live his whole life for someone else? He defined himself as unworthy to even be the servant or slave of this someone else, this coming one who is so much greater than he. Jesus comes to us and asks us in our day to let him define our lives as well. That's what it means to call Jesus Lord—we see ourselves as unworthy to be his servants and slaves; yet, because of his grace, we are called his brothers and sisters. For such blessings, we offer him our lives in service to him and his kingdom.

Today's Prayer

Gracious Father, thank you for being so gracious to me. Please accept my life in service to you as my thanks and praise. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Romans 12:1-2
  • Matthew 7:21
  • Mark 3:31-35

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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.