What Jesus Did! 'Ministry to All' — Mark 6:12-13

Sunday, April 10, 2016

The followers left there and went to other places. They talked to the people and told them to change their hearts and lives. The followers forced many demons out of people. And the followers put olive oil on sick people and healed them.
— Mark 6:12-13 NLT
Illustration of Mark 6:12-13 NLT —  And the followers put olive oil on sick people and healed them.

Key Thought

The disciples told the message to "all" people they met. They didn't try to pre-decide who would welcome the message and who wouldn't. They spread their ministry net over a wide area, expanding Jesus' ministry. They did many good things in the name of Jesus. We MUST learn from them. The old hymn says, "The blessed Gospel is for all, the Gospel is for all." It must be. It is not for a select few—our friends, those we deem most likely to respond, or those with whom we feel most comfortable sharing the message. We must tell all to turn their lives to God and find the blessings of knowing Jesus.

Today's Prayer

Father, please forgive any latent prejudice that lingers in my heart without my awareness. I never want my preconceptions to keep me from sharing your good news with people. Use my efforts to expand your Kingdom and reach more people with your saving grace. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 28:18-20
  • 1 Corinthians 9:20-23
  • Colossians 1:28-29

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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.