Today we see Jesus at work. Whether He was teaching or preaching or serving, His example was perfect. Exactly what was needed at exactly the right time – he is still the same today, same yesterday, today and forever (but that’s Hebrews 13:8 – I’m getting ahead of myself). Let’s read Matthew 8:5-13, Luke 7:1-17, Matthew 11:1-19, Luke 7:18-35, Matthew 11:20-30, and Luke 7:36-50. What do you see today?
“I will come and heal” Matthew 8:7
Jesus will heal – and doesn’t He always? Not always in the way we expect, but even that’s to be expected 😉 His ways are not our ways.
“Now it came to pass, when Jesus finished commanding His twelve disciples, that He departed from there to teach and to preach in their cities” Matthew 11:1
Jesus trained the disciples and then went out. We are not exempt from the work – we must draw outsiders in.
“As they departed, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft garments? Indeed, those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses. But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and more than a prophet” Matthew 11:7-9
This is Jesus’ description of a prophet. Serving the Lord may or may not equal comfort, but He always provides what is needed. As you go out in Jesus’ Name, prepare for the possibility of tough times.
“And the Lord said, “To what then shall I liken the men of this generation, and what are they like? They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling to one another, saying: ‘We played the flute for you, And you did not dance; We mourned to you, And you did not weep” Luke 7:31-32
It’s remarkable to me how relevant and current the Bible is. Doesn’t this exactly describe our generation? Self-absorbed, selfish, calling out to each other instead of calling each other higher, not lifting their eyes to the Lord. Jesus calls them children. He is spot on. It’s children who expect to be the center of attention.
Let’s make Jesus the center of our attention ❤