7/31/14 Daily Devotion

John 2:1-5 On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” “Dear woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

Even if others refused to believe in Him, Mary refused to doubt. She still believed in what God had revealed to her concerning her Son. She knew that He was the awaited Messiah. She knew that one day everyone would come to know the same, but for now she was content to continue to wait on God, that is until she needed a little bit of a miracle at a wedding. For Jesus, this was His first miracle. Not the first time He had amazed people with His knowledge, but the first time that He displayed the power of God within Him. The first time that He allowed others to see what He was capable of doing. Maybe turning water into wine is not much of a first miracle, but it was a miracle nonetheless; and for Mary, it was a huge moment of validation in the midst of her family’s doubt.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me embrace what You have called me to do with my life, even in the midst of those who feel I am unworthy or unclean.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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7/30/14 Daily Devotion

Mark 3:31-34 Then Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived. Standing outside, they sent someone in to call him. A crowd was sitting around him, and they told him, “Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you.” “Who are my mother and my brothers?” he asked. Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers!

Knowing that His family was filled with doubters, it had to be rough for Jesus. These were the people that He had spent most of His existence near. They knew Him better than anyone else, with God being the only exception. Maybe that’s why they were filled with disbelief. Maybe they doubted because they remembered growing up with Him, playing with Him, running around with Him. Maybe their childhood experiences with Him were clouding their judgment. Maybe they couldn’t believe that He was the Messiah because they knew Him as their brother. Jesus accepted their doubt. He accepted the fact that they were questioning His claims, but He never allowed that to prevent Him from fulfilling His God given, God ordained, purpose. Maybe you’re in the same boat. Maybe there are those within your life that don’t understand why you are walking with Jesus. Maybe they can’t believe that you have changed because they cannot let go of the person they knew to were at one point in your life. That’s fine. Let them doubt, for you know what God has called you to do. Embrace it. Live it. Become what God has called you to become, and pray that one day they will come to understand.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me to remain focused on You, even in the midst of those who doubt that I have changed, that I am now a follower of Jesus.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

Published in: on August 27, 2014 at 11:24 am  Leave a Comment