Deuteronomy 13:1-15:23 Luke 8:40-9:6 Psalm 71:1-24 Proverbs 12:5-7
Verse of the day:
“One day Jesus called together his twelve disciples[d] and gave them power and authority to cast out all demons and to heal all diseases. 2 Then he sent them out to tell everyone about the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick.” (Luke 9:1-2)
For my last devotion (March 21) we looked at Jesus determination and focus to move through the area and preach the good news of the Kingdom of God. Today we see that Jesus is still on mission, but he is not alone. In his travels he has begun to raise up 12 men to help with his mission. Jesus understands the power of multiplication and that if he sends out the twelve in teams of six, they can accomplish more.
Notice that Jesus sends them out with the same power and authority that he has. They can pray for healing of all disease and cast out demons. They will proclaim the same message with the same evidences. I also believe that Jesus taught them how to pray and be in God’s presence so that they could be lead to the people whose hearts are open to the good news. I believe he taught them the power of prayer and solitude and their importance to recharging their lives and keeping them focused. He was making disciples. He was making them just like him.
When you look at your own level of discipleship, how much do you look like him? I have heard it said that when we look in the mirror we should be working to the place where we see his reflection instead of our own. That Jesus passions and pursuits guide our daily lives and choices. We can walk in the same power and the same authority because he walks with us and is within us.
Spends sometime today with the mirror of solitude and reflection and see how well you see Jesus in your own thoughts and daily actions. How much like him are you becoming, or are you trying to shape his image into your comfortable box? Strive to be Just Like Him.