Today you should read: Luke 4:38-44
I just love how casual it is that Jesus is healing people of their diseases and casting demons out of people in verses 38-41. Peter’s mom just starts going on with business as usual, serving her guests and extending hospitality toward those in her house after Jesus shows his authority over disease. People start bringing the diseased and demonic to Jesus and as he heals the sick and casts demons out of the possessed, the demons start crying out “You are the Son of God” to Jesus’ dismay and no one seems to batter an eyelash at the time of this whole thing? That is, of course, until v. 42 when Jesus goes away to a desolate place and everyone seeks Him out after putting 2 + 2 together (Hmmm, this guy that miraculously healed diseases & casted demons out that called him the messiah savior might actually be who the demons said he could be?)
The scriptures say that they found Jesus and didn’t want Him to leave but Jesus tells them what He tells us when we want to stay in our connect groups that turn into holy huddles and mission trips when God is sending us back to our schools, jobs and families with the same mission.
But he said to them, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well; for I was sent for this purpose.” -Luke 4:43
For this purpose, Jesus was sent. To spread the message of the Gospel. Jesus never intended to stay in one place and His good news isn’t supposed to stay in one place with us as well. The kingdom of God is ushered in by our mobilization of missions and whether that’s us giving, sending or going we have a part. However, that’s not just true with global missions. This is also true concerning our community and daily mission field. Often we want to stay on our mountain top experiences or in the same comfortable discipleships and small groups without extending out to help others take another step to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ. Again, that’s God’s purpose for Jesus here and us now. Others over ourselves. We must move when God moves to accomplish this.
– Where have you stayed where you’re at, when God is calling you to move?
– How do you participate in missions?
By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor
2 thoughts on “January 15, 2018”
Thanks for the encouragement, Erik! I am often guilty of getting too comfortable and forgetting to reach out to those around me. One thing Tyler and I want to do is have people over for dinner more since we moved into our new space and have more room. I also want to reach out more to my co-workers. There are a lot of young, single new grads that have moved to Lexington and don’t know anyone outside of work.
thanks for the honesty Erin. I feel like all of us as Christians go through seasons of this & it’s why God puts passages like this in front of us to remind us that we need to GO OUT with this good news.