Thursday, May 16
12 Immediately the Spirit drove him into the wilderness. 13 He was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and the angels were serving him.
14 After John was arrested, Jesus went to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God: 15 “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”
16 As he passed alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew, Simon’s brother, casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. 17 “Follow me,” Jesus told them, “and I will make you fish for people.” 18 Immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19 Going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat putting their nets in order. 20 Immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.
Jesus spent 40 days fasting and praying to begin His ministry. Satan was relentless in his attacks on Him, but Jesus knew He needed this time to seek the Lord. As He began His ministry, two themes emerged - repentance and the kingdom of God. To “repent” simply means to change your mind and go another direction. This was His announcement as He began to preach. His kingdom was coming and those who were to join Him should turn from their old lives and follow Him, seeking to lead others to do the same.
Am I serious about repentance and kingdom living or do I simply desire to go my own way?
Father, today I turn from my agenda and I pursue Yours. I want to live in Your kingdom. Send me out today to follow Jesus and fish for people.
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.