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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

All In - Everyday

We all need to committed to the ministry Jesus has called us to do. Do you ever wonder how you can be more effective? Jesus models the crucial elements to having a true commitment to ministry in Mark 1:32-­39.

That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed. 33 The whole town gathered at the door, 34 and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was. 35 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. 36 Simon and his companions went to look for him, 37 and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!” 38 Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” 39 So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.

Three things to be committed in:

    1. People (vv. 32­-34). These verses tell us the sun had already set; it was late, and the whole city gathered to be healed by Jesus. Jesus stayed up late because He was committed to people.

    2. Prayer (vv. 35-­37). After a long night of ministry, Jesus still got up long before the sun came up again to pray! Jesus got up early because He was committed to prayer.

    3. Purpose (vv. 38-39). He was having effective ministry there, so why would He move to the next town? It was His purpose! Jesus kept preaching because He was committed to His purpose.

Do you passionately and sacrificially minister to people? Are you sustained by a consistent prayer life? Are you using your spiritual gifts to carry out God's purpose for you?
 
Be all in to your commitment to God's call on your life.