What Jesus Did! 'Ministry to the Whole Person' — Matthew 4:23

Friday, February 3, 2017

Jesus went everywhere in the country of Galilee. Jesus taught in the synagogues and told the Good News about the kingdom of heaven. And Jesus healed all the people's diseases and sicknesses.
— Matthew 4:23 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 4:23 NLT — Jesus went everywhere in the country of Galilee. Jesus taught in the synagogues and told the Good News about the kingdom of heaven. And Jesus healed all the people's diseases and sicknesses.

Key Thought

Preaching, teaching and healing. Three key elements of authentic ministry are (1) proclaiming the good news of God's Kingdom, (2) teaching people how to live obediently to the will of God, and (3) ministering to their brokenness with the grace and power of God. With all the modern technologies we have today, we must always remember that ministry involves these same three elements if it is to be authentic.

Today's Prayer

Almighty and compassionate Father, give me eyes to see and ears to hear those who need your grace—not just today, but every day. Help me to be wise in the way that I offer that care so that I may minister to their needs by your power and according to your will. In the name of the Lord Jesus I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Colossians 1:28-29
  • Matthew 28:19-20
  • Acts 8:1-4

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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.