What should we do?

January 20, 2012

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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They went out and preached that people should repent. They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.
(Mark 6:12-13 (NIV))

This sounds pretty amazing especially when you consider that the miracles that were being done were not done by Jesus!

He had given them instructions to go out and take nothing with them. They were to take nothing; no money, no food, no extra clothes. They were simply to put into practice what Jesus had been teaching them.

Can you imagine the anxiety that the disciples must have felt when Jesus told them this? They probably felt panic and fear, as well as an instant knotting of the stomach. What would you have felt if Jesus had told you to do this? What would be your response? What would be the first words out of your mouth back to Jesus? Would you try to get out of doing what He asked? Would you fake the excitement and then go and do nothing? Would you have the faith to embrace the instructions and do what He asked?

Two thousand years ago, people probably had trouble following what Jesus asked, even though He was walking the earth with them. They had not yet seen the most astonishing aspect of the life of Jesus. They had not seen Him in His resurrected glory, yet, they still obeyed and were able to perform great things in the name of Jesus.

We have the privilege of knowing that Jesus did get resurrected and that He now sits at the right hand of God the Father. What do we do with that knowledge? Do we embrace it as the disciples did and drive out demons and anoint the sick and heal them?

God’s Word is powerful. We must learn to trust in it the way the disciples did. We must learn to listen and trust in Jesus.

Do you truly have faith in Jesus? What did His disciples do?

What did Jesus do?

I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
(John 14:12 (NIV))

What should we do?

Copyright 1998 – 2012 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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To serve or to be served?

September 27, 2011

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
 ©

When the ten heard about this, they were indignant with the two brothers. Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave– just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
(Matthew 20:24-28 (NIV))

Once again, Jesus broke the mold. He went against what human nature tells us is the way to think. He spoke against the biggest part of a person, their ego. It is our ego that makes us want to be the master, for we think that we are better than anybody else and that we deserve to be served. Human nature tells us that the great people of this world are those who are served.

Take a look at the people who have been written up in history as the great ones of their time. Consider the people who have done evil. What attitude did they have? They wanted to be served.

Consider those who have left a positive mark in history. They are the people who have served other people. People like Mother Teresa, Winston Churchill, and many others throughout history. They will be remembered for the selfless acts where they gave freely of themselves for the benefit of others.

Jesus was our role model for this behavior. If we are to imitate Jesus so that the world sees Him through us, are we doing what we should? Are we serving others, or are we expecting to be served?

Copyright 1998 – 2011 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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