DEVOTION: Matthew 4:12-25
Jesus Begins His Ministry
Jesus Calls the First Disciples
Jesus Ministers to Great Crowds
You would think that after almost 46 years of reading passages like this and seeing the awesome power of God at work in my life and the lives of others, I wouldn't be amazed or taken back anymore, but I still am.
If I were walking down the street and I said to someone, "come follow me". I'd have people look at me funny, laugh, and then call 911. If I would stand on the street corner and simply say "Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand." People would laugh at me and walk away. If people would start coming to me to be healed in the way they came to Jesus, they'd be very disappointed.
I'm not Jesus. I'm just a man. In yesterday's reading Paul, the writer of 13 Epistles in the Bible, healer of many, and proclaimer of the Gospel to all the nations of the world in his day, said the same thing. He wasn't anything special. Yet, God working through him produced faith and eternal life in billions of people through his words and actions.
Don't ever begin to depend on yourself. If you do you will be disappointed. Instead trust in the Lord and put your full dependence in Him and He will do great things through you and in spite of you.
Whether you fully comprehend it or understand it or not, Jesus truly does live in you. That's right, the same Jesus who called the disciples, preached the good news so that people believed, healed thousands, died on the cross, and rose from the dead, lives in you! He can do so much more in you and through you than you could ever ask for or imagine. Rest in Him and then sit back and watch what he can do through your love, forgiveness, and peace!
Let us pray: Lord Jesus, thank you for being the power in my life. Help me to rely on your power and not my own more and more that I may truly rest in you. Amen.
Thurs- Lutheranism 101 6:30pm; February Newsletter deadline
Fri- Bible Study and Hendershot's 7pm
Sat- Men's breakfast 8am; Worship 5pm
Sun- Worship 8:30 and 11; Sunday school and Adult Bible class 9:45; Youth snow tubing leave at 2pm
WORSHIP WORKERS FOR THIS COMING WEEKEND:
Acolyte- 8:30- Sarah Cluver 11- Cameron Faerber
Ushers- Rich Boeger, Don Hance, Don Tate, Doug Walters
Altar- Set up- Marilyn Foster; Clean up- John and Anna Hoenig
Elders- Sat- Roy Bohning; 8:30- Jason Cluver; 11- Jim Rahn
Greeters- 8:30- Lew and Dianne Feldkamp; 11- Mike and Naomi Johnson
Lay Readers- Sat- Roy Bohning; 8:30- Tim Linke; 11- Jim Rahn
Piano- Barb Dreyer