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February 2015

A Day in the Life of Jesus the Christ

"Now is the time to get things done!" That's what Jesus seems to be saying and doing in the first months of his ministry. Right after he gets baptized by John (Mark 1:9), Jesus goes into the wilderness to be tempted by Satan (Mark 1:13). Forty days later he goes to Galilee, his home area, and begins to proclaim the "good news of the kingdom" (Mark 1:14).

On his way to Capernaum, a town on the north shores of the Sea of Galilee, Jesus chooses four men to be his disciples (Mark 1:16-20). While in Capernaum, he goes to the synagogue to worship and begins teaching (Mark 1:21). He heals a person during the service (Mark 1:23), which gets people talking. After the service, Jesus goes to Simon's house and heals his mother-in-law of a fever and heals others who come throughout the rest of the day (Mark 1:30,32). Very early the next day, Jesus gets up and finds a place for his morning devotions. And then the cycle begins again.

Worship. Discussing the scriptures. Interacting with people. Healing people. Praying. These acts make up the day in the life of Jesus the Christ, or at  least a week in the life of Jesus Christ. Worship. Study. Interacting. Healing. Praying. These acts are foundational in the growth of faith. Jesus sets the example for us to follow. Through these acts one meets God our Father, and one is more attuned to the heart of God.

This month I encourage you to follow in Jesus' footsteps. Make worship a weekly part of your life. Dig into the scriptures, even if only for a few minutes a day. Be with other people who are seeking to understand Jesus' role in their life and their role in Jesus' life. Be open to ways God can heal others through your words and actions... and be open to God working through others to heal you. And pray. Intently listen for God's voice and direction in your life.

What if each of us followed through with this? What would happen? Well, Jesus makes that clear: We will experience the Kingdom of God in our lives today!

Think about it. Pray about it. Act upon it. In Jesus' name.

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