Tuesday, May 14
1The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 2 As it is written in Isaiah the prophet:
See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you;
he will prepare your way.
3 A voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
Prepare the way for the Lord;
make his paths straight!
4 John came baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and they were baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins. 6 John wore a camel-hair garment with a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey.
7 He proclaimed, “One who is more powerful than I am is coming after me. I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the strap of his sandals. 8 I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
The Old Testament prophet Isaiah said that before the Messiah appeared on the scene, there would be a strong voice announcing His coming. Mark begins His account of Jesus’s life spelling out the John the Baptist was that voice. Though John was powerful in his approach, he was clear: Jesus is far greater!
What do I know is on my schedule for today that I would be tempted to worry about or make all about me? How can I see Jesus in my day today in a really practical way?
Father, I give myself to pointing out who Jesus is today. Help me remember to not make today all about me but all about Jesus.
Pick Four More Activities
Listen and Worship.
Pray a Psalm.
Read a Book.
Retell the Gospel to Yourself.
Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
Memorize a Verse.
List Five Things You're Thankful For.