What Jesus Did! 'Moving Out' — Matthew 15:39

Saturday, July 29, 2017

After they ate, Jesus told the people they could go home. Jesus got into the boat and went to the area of Magadan.
— Matthew 15:39 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 15:39 NLT — After they ate, Jesus told the people they could go home. Jesus got into the boat and went to the area of Magadan.

Key Thought

Sometimes religious insiders—people like myself and other church goers—get to thinking we have the inside track on things. We know the Scriptures. We know the songs in worship. We know the Sunday School lessons. We know the church lingo. Then along comes a series of events in Jesus' ministry that duly humbles us.
This whole series of events starts with a religious argument about religious nit picking over external signs of purity. But Jesus says, and the episodes show, that purity and faithfulness are heart issues. Jesus is much more widely received and embraced in non-Jewish territory at this time in his ministry than he was ever embraced in the religious establishment. Those who are "not clean" repeatedly prove their hunger for Jesus, God's grace, and faith.
For me, these stories are powerful reminders why we must pursue un-churched seekers and continually add new Christians to our church family. They ask questions that need to be asked. They break all those traditional rules so we have to examine them again to see if they're Biblical. They often exhibit a more passionate and zealous faith. I don't know about you, but I really need to be around that kind of faith.

Today's Prayer

Holy and righteous Father, thank you for passionate seekers of your truth. Use me as an instrument to bring them closer to you. Use them to remind me and teach me of the passionate joy of salvation and of faith that won't let go of your grace. In the name of my Savior, Jesus, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 14:16-23
  • Acts 8:12-15, 25
  • Acts 8:36-39

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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.

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