What Jesus Did! 'Doing the Mission' — Mark 1:37-38

Sunday, January 24, 2016

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They found Jesus and said, "All the people are looking for you!" Jesus answered, "We should go to another place. We can go to other towns around here. Then I can tell people {God's message} in those places also. That is why I came."
— Mark 1:37-38 NLT
Illustration of Mark 1:37-38 NLT — "All the people are looking for you!"   ——   "We should go to another place. We can go to other towns around here. Then I can tell people {God's message} in those places also. That is why I came."

Key Thought

Jesus came with a mission to accomplish. Knowing our mission in life helps us clarify our daily commitments and center our efforts on the things God has called us to do. It helps keep us on track and focused. It enables us to say "No!" to things that are merely good so that we can do the essential ones. We don't normally think about Jesus' turning down an opportunity to teach, preach, serve, and heal folks. Yet in this situation, he does just that—not because he didn't love them, but because God sent him to proclaim the good news of the Kingdom in many cities and towns. Therefore, he couldn't get bogged down being just a miracle-man in one location. Let's focus on our purpose and ask God to clarify for us what our mission is so that we can accomplish it. Like Jesus, it will help us not get bogged down in things that are just good, when there are really essential things to accomplish. Of course as we will see later in this context, having a mission never means we neglect the needs of those God places in our paths!

Today's Prayer

Father God, the Almighty who knows me better than I know myself, please help me come to a better understanding of my mission in life. Help me as I make the choices and commitments of each day. I want to do what you have called me to do and not just what I feel compelled by urgency to do. May my life bring you glory and may I fulfill your purpose for me. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Psalm 139:13-16
  • Ephesians 1:11-12
  • John 4:34; 19:28-30

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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.

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