Devotional - January 31, 2017

Exodus 9 & 10 / Mark 14:12-42

Good Morning guys, I hope you are having a good start to the week. I apologize for missing yesterday’s devotional. It is never my intention to miss it so when I do you know it has been a pretty crazy or busy day and yesterday was a busy one. Time just got away from yesterday. I am actually working on putting one of these devotionals into audio one of these days. My brother in law got me a cool audio speaker for my podcasts and I have been dying to use it, so you might see an audio version soon.

Anyways like I said the week has been busy for me, but good. Work has been really good and I have been able to meet a few goals as well as start the year on a strong note. I don’t know about you, but I don’t put my work like separate from everything else. My work life is part of my life and my overall journey. I believe that God is using your work to do things in you and through you. Work is good, when it is handled wisely. I don’t know about you, but I want work to be a place that reflects Jesus in me more than anywhere else. Work can have a tendency of getting the best of you negatively, but I choose to be opposite. I choose to influence my work. I choose to be the light and reflect excellence, humbleness, confidence and joy.

Sorry I went off on a tangent there, but moving along, I continued reading Exodus and Mark today. What I read in the book of Mark was what really stuck out to me. I have heard this verse many times during the Easter season, but today it stuck out to me differently. Not Jesus is part, but observed the disciples action. Check it out so you understand. “Abba, Father,” he cried out, “everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” Then he returned and found the disciples asleep. He said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Couldn’t you watch with me even one hour? Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”

Do not compromise and give in to what is comfortable because most of the time comfort does not bring progress. Finding comfort at the wrong time can lead to missed opportunities. Finding comfort at the wrong time can become a domino effect to many negative challenges
— JS

Verse 38 is what grabbed me, Jesus says, “Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak.” I look at that much deeper. I look at that through the lens of our time now. As we wrap up the first month of 2017, has it gone the way that you imagined? Has it gone the route that you intended it to go? Or have you remained in the same routines and habits that have hindered your progress?

I urge you this year to be relentless about making in a difference in your life. I urge you this year to give up on what God has set out for you. I urge you this year to keep your foot on the pedal. Do not compromise and give in to what is comfortable because most of the time comfort does not bring progress. Finding comfort at the wrong time can lead to missed opportunities. Finding comfort at the wrong time can become a domino effect to many negative challenges. Here we clearly see that the disciples were tired. They found comfort in resting, which is totally fine, but just not at that exact time that Jesus needed them most. Jesus came three times to wake them up and encourage them to pray with him, meaning he needed them at that moment and they weren’t there for him because they were finding comfort, they were sleeping.

Don’t miss your opportunity this year because you want life to be comfortable. Don’t miss your breakthrough because you want comfort. I am not saying that comfort is a bad thing, but finding comfort at the wrong time can be bad. Things might not have gone the way that you planned so far in 2017, but that does not mean that your year is over. That does not mean that it is going to define the rest of your year. You still have 11 months remaining to make this year a year that you will never forget. To make this year a year that will change the course of your life forever. Don’t be afraid to be uncomfortable. Don’t be afraid to take risks. Don’t be afraid to be stretched. It is all part of the process of making you better. It is all part of God’s great plan for your life.


Prayer: I pray that you do not become complacent in your calling and that you go after what God has set before you this year with all of your heart, mind and soul.

 

Challenge: Recap the month of January. What were the highs and lows? Write it down. Now look at the remaining 11 months. How are you going to make it better? What steps do you need to take?