THE STORY OF JESUS: Mark 1:35-39
“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus prayed.” (Mark 1:35)
“Let us go… to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also.” (Mark 1:38)
As a follower of Jesus, we look to Jesus for guidance in how to live.
Here we see Jesus prioritizing His time – His time with God, and with others.
How do you prioritize your time, how important is prayer in your scheduling?
How do you respond to pressure from others?
Do you let others determine what you do, when and how?
Jesus makes time with God first priority, and doing God’s will second priority.
Time with God is what clarifies what His purpose and priorities need to be.
He knows why He has come, what His calling is, and what He must do.
People will always have expectations of us.
Success isn’t doing what others want, nor what we want, but what God wants.
And we can’t know what that is unless we spend time with God finding out.
Time alone with God will anchor us in our identity and purpose in Him.
Knowing this, we will be able to say, “this is why I have come!” (v.39)
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, my priorities are out of alignment. I am becoming a slave to the expectations of others rather than a servant to You and Yours. Help me to put first things first!