What Jesus Did! 'Everybody Knows Your Name' — Mark 3:16-19

Saturday, February 20, 2016

These are the names of the twelve men Jesus chose: Simon (Jesus gave him the name Peter); James and John, the sons of Zebedee (Jesus gave them the name Boanerges. This name means "Sons of Thunder"); Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot. Judas is the one that gave Jesus {to his enemies}.
— Mark 3:16-19 NLT
Illustration of Mark 3:16-19 NLT — "Sons of Thunder"

Key Thought

People in God's family have names, histories, and futures. They are different in their interests and their vocations. Yet they all have one thing in common: Jesus! Let's not limit our expectations or dreams for people in the Kingdom of God because of their pasts, their names, their occupations, or their reputations. Let's trust that Jesus can and will use anyone who fully yields his or her life to his purposes.

Today's Prayer

Father, forgive me for the sin of prejudice. Open my heart to see that you want all kinds of different people in your family so that others can be touched by what they see and so that your Church can be fully energized with all the various kinds of people you have created. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 1 Corinthians 12:4-7
  • 1 Corinthians 3:5-9
  • Revelations 7:9-10

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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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