Devotional reading June 2018

Mark 6:7-13, 30-44 KJV

And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits; And commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, save a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money in their purse: But be shod with sandals; and not put on two coats. 10 And he said unto them, In what place soever ye enter into an house, there abide till ye depart from that place. 11 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city. 12 And they went out, and preached that men should repent. 13 And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.

30 And the apostles gathered themselves together unto Jesus, and told him all things, both what they had done, and what they had taught. 31 And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat. 32 And they departed into a desert place by ship privately. 33 And the people saw them departing, and many knew him, and ran afoot thither out of all cities, and outwent them, and came together unto him. 34 And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things. 35 And when the day was now far spent, his disciples came unto him, and said, This is a desert place, and now the time is far passed: 36 Send them away, that they may go into the country round about, and into the villages, and buy themselves bread: for they have nothing to eat. 37 He answered and said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat? 38 He saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? go and see. And when they knew, they say, Five, and two fishes. 39 And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass. 40 And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties. 41 And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all. 42 And they did all eat, and were filled. 43 And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes. 44 And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men.



Words of encouragement:

Jesus chose 12 of his disciples to be apostles and set them apart to be sent out to preach and to drive out demons , Mark 3-:14, 15. The apostles did not have any special training, but were sent out. Jesus instructs them and then sends them out: they have to trust God in being their provision and they need to rely on the love and hospitality of others. When they returned, they are happy to tell Jesus about what they had done and accomplished, this is really great, they did not have training and probably did not know at all how to accomplish their mission. But Jesus equipped them and He gave them authority and power and with that faith they did things they never believed they could do. Jesus wants them to have rest, but people followed them and Jesus discerned that the people will need Him more. Our time is very precious, often we are very busy with meetings, visits, other church duties and other things. In order to be effective we need to be good stewards of the time we are given. Everything we do needs to be intentional. We need to find the good balance between everything, church, family, our job and also our time when we need to rest. We need to be able to set priorities. Sometimes we need to ask ourselves, is my time spend well? Is my time spend productive? Jesus was the perfect steward of His time. He knew when to take time out with the Father alone, when to listen and when to feed. He fed because His heart was being able to be moved by the needs of others , because of the love He has for all of us. Discernment and stewardship of time come through prayer and the guidance of the Holy Spirit
May God bless you in your walk with Him in 2018. May He give you joy, peace and more love. May He prosper all that you put your hands to in the Name of Jesus.