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

Thursday, February 20, 2020

These are the twelve [Jesus] chose:
Simon (whom he named Peter), James and John (the sons of Zebedee, but Jesus nicknamed them "Sons of Thunder"), Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James (son of Alphaeus), Thaddaeus, Simon (the zealot), Judas Iscariot (who later betrayed him).
— 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, futures — and failures. 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
  • Revelation 7:9-10

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show 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.