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Early morning appointment!

Scripture reading for February 10th:  Mark 1

Mark’s gospel portrays Jesus as a man of action.  Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist and confirmed by His Father, “You are My Son, whom I love; with You I am well pleased.”  (Mark 1:11)  The Spirit quickly takes Jesus into the desert for forty days of temptation by Satan.  Jesus returned to begin His ministry: “The time has come,” He said, “The kingdom of God is near.  Repent and believe the good news!”  (Mark 1:15)  Next Jesus is calling His disciples from among the fishermen on the shores of the Sea of Galilee!  On the Sabbath, Mark tells of Jesus teaching in the synagogue and amazing those gathered there by the authority He demonstrated as He cast an evil spirit out of a man.  Peter’s mother-in-law was sick with a fever and Jesus went and healed her.  The whole town came for healing and deliverance!  His appointed time brought action and spreading fame!

“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed.”  (Mark 1:35)  Mark also recorded the secret to Jesus’ great success.  Jesus got up early in the morning and kept an appointment with His Father.  He went to a lonely place and prayed in secret.  It was there that Jesus heard what the Father wanted to do and walked in obedience.

Let me encourage you to follow Jesus’ example!  The most important appointment is one that we set to meet with the Lord.  If we are faithful to keep this appointment, He will give us a schedule of divine appointments where His work will be accomplished through our obedience!  It is never boring to walk with the Lord through each day!

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Shake the Dust Off!

Scripture reading for January 12th: Matthew 10:1-23, Psalms 9:1-10, Proverbs 3:1-2

Jesus first taught His disciples to go out and preach to those who were lost in Israel.  “As you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near.’  Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons.  Freely you have received, freely give.” (Matthew 10:7-8)  They were empowered with authority to take the message of repentance to the Jewish people and to demonstrate God’s willingness and ability to heal and deliver.  They had not bought these gifts, but had freely received the power from Jesus and must freely give to all who would receive.  They were also to travel light and live off the gifts and hospitality of those that they would preach to.  Each worker was worthy of his keep!

Jesus knew that not everyone would receive them with hospitality.  Some would reject the message and maybe even mistreat these disciples.  He told them so up front so that they would not be discouraged or surprised by the treatment.  In fact, Jesus gave them some practical advice for dealing with those who would not receive: “If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake the dust off your feet when you leave that home or town.  I tell you the truth, it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.  I am sending you out like sheep among wolves.  Therefore, be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.” (Matthew 10:14-16)

When we share the gospel of Jesus Christ with people, we are doing more than we may realize.  Every time we share, God is offering eternal life to those that hear.  They are accountable for their actions.  If they refuse the messengers, they are really rejecting God and bring the eternal judgment of God’s wrath on themselves.  If they hear and accept, they bring God’s favor and and eternal life into their being.  Jesus told the disciples that they were to shake the dust off their feet upon leaving the homes or town where they were not welcomed.  That dust would be a witness against those who rejected the Lord’s messengers.  They were not to waste time trying to argue or debate because they must go to others who would receive.  Let’s think about this the next time we share the gospel!

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