Today's Lectionary Text
Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”
As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.
They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, “What is this? A new teaching—with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.
I think the thing that strikes me most about this common passage is the type of authority and influence that Jesus had on not only the disciples, but everyone that he encountered in his life. Jesus was not trying to cause a scene to gain attention for himself, but he trusted in God’s plan for his life that he allowed God’s will to be done through him without question.
It’s important for us to remember as Christians that this is what God wants from us as well. In a world where we can get instant answers for so many trivial problems in life, it has become harder and harder for us to “de-plug” and accept the fact that God has a plan for each of us, and that we cannot know the answer and path instantly. We have to have faith in God’s plan for our lives, like Jesus did.
When we live according to God’s plan, others may be drawn to God’s message through us, like the disciples were to Jesus allowing the Good News to spread further.
From the Clearfield UMC Lenten Devotions 2013
Prayer for Reflection
Dear God, Thank you for believing in the good in each of us, and having a plan for each of us. Help us to remember to relax, and trust in the plan you have for each of us. Thank you for the beauty of the day, and the many blessings you have given us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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