What Jesus Did! 'On Task' — Matthew 11:1

Friday, May 14, 2021

When Jesus had finished giving these instructions to his twelve disciples, he went out to teach and preach in towns throughout the region.
— Matthew 11:1 NLT

Key Thought

For anyone who is easily distracted, the phrase "stay on task" is not only frustrating, but also extremely needed. It seems that almost everything in our modern lifestyles tends to push us into busy distractions. But Jesus remains on task. He is going to do the work the Father sent him to do. His single-mindedness is a powerful tool to help him follow the path the Father wants him to walk, which in this case is basically the same as what he just sent the apostles to do (Matthew 10:5-7). He will go back to where he is known, where his credibility has already been questioned, and minister with teaching and preaching to those who are reluctant to respond positively. However, Jesus' ministry is about three and a half years of sowing, so that when the moment is right, thousands will be ready for harvest. Even with rejection looming ahead, Jesus knows that he will endure by adhering to his faith and doing the work of God. We, too, must often walk the same path. God wants us to do good and share with others. Our goal is to be faithful to that call and to sow while we can; God will bring the harvest when the season is right.

Today's Prayer

Give me courage, O God, that I might do what you have called me to do. Give me conviction, O God, to follow your word and will in scripture no matter the outward circumstances or the apparent short-term results. I trust the harvest to you, but I ask for the power of your Spirit to help me live faithfully in your service. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Mark 1:35-39
  • Philippians 3:12-16


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Illustration of Matthew 11:1 NLT — When Jesus had finished giving these instructions to his twelve disciples, he went out to teach and preach in towns throughout the region.

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 and is available in book form.

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