Stay Focused:

As I have said many times I contribute to the 66books in a year blog. This is my post for today. A great lesson from Jesus in staying focused. Staying on mission.

Scripture:

Mark 1:35-39

35And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. 36And Simon and those who were with him searched for him, 37and they found him and said to him, “Everyone is looking for you.” 38And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out.” 39 And he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons. (English Standard Version)

Observation:

Everyone needs to make decisions, even Jesus. He made strategic decisions based on his mission. The disciples came looking for Jesus because there were still people in that town that needed healing and salvation. Yet Jesus went on to other towns and villages healing, preaching and casting out demons. And he verbalized that it was for that reason that he came. Part of his confidence in moving on most likely came from his time spent with the Father.

Application:

What has God called me to do? What has He called you to do? Many times we are side-tracked by very good things. Jesus could have gone back into the town he had been in the day before and continued ministry, but His strategy meant He had to move on. Many times we get caught up in doing good things, but not what God has called us to do. Some churches want to be all things to all people not realizing by diluting themselves they end up not being effective at all. That can happen to us as well. That’s why these times we spend with God are so important. They help us focus on what God has called us to do and with confidence we can go out serving Him more effectively. So, where do you need to serve today? Be about what He has called you to do.

Prayer:

Thank You for Your guidance in our lives. Thank You for calling us to a specific task. Help each of us to fulfill that task for Your glory. We pray these things in Jesus Name, Amen.

dmbaldwin

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