Take Time for Jesus

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Make room to know and “be Jesus” in the midst of everyday, ordinary life.

Focus Scripture: Luke 1:1-4 ESV

1 In as much as many have undertaken to compile a narrative
of the things that have been accomplished among us,
2 just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses
and ministers of the word have delivered them to us,
3 it seemed good to me also,
having followed all things closely for some time past,
to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus,
4 that you may have certainty concerning
the things you have been taught.


What do you know of Jesus?
What has He done in your life?
How do you know that He is alive?
Take time to ponder these things.

Would you think through your day today in light of these questions?
Would you take a moment today to ask a Christian friend or
family member to give you their witness of Jesus.
Ask them to tell you how they know Him.
Be prepared to share with them how you know Him.
Look for the evidence in your life today.
Jot a few things down to share at the dinner table
or in an email to a friend.
Don’t let today end without giving a witness of your Lord and Savior.
If you don’t know Him, ask someone who knows
Him to tell you about their relationship with Him.
Then ask them how you can know Him too.

TAKING GOD’S WORD TO HEART

Make time…to find out more about Jesus.
Ask others to tell you about their relationship with Jesus.
Take time to talk about Him today – instead of basketball,
running, eating, your children, your spouse, or shopping.
Let your speech and your actions proclaim Jesus.
Set your hand and your heart
to the task of gathering an account of Jesus.
Store it in your heart and in your mind
that you then might live according to it in your life.
Don’t just know Jesus through your family, pastor,
teacher, radio, or worship songs.
Know Jesus by taking time to read and listen to Him in His Word.

Luke’s example of taking time to read and to listen
to the accounts of Jesus is a good one,
but few of us are writers or historians!
Yet, all of us can know Jesus in His Word!
We want to know Jesus so that we can be like Jesus.
It won’t happen overnight.
I pray you do want to know Him more and more.
Read the following Scripture through for context.
Don’t be overwhelmed at its length or breadth;
choose one thing that you will ask the Lord to help you
live out as you come to love Jesus more and more each day.
Choose one thing from this Scripture that speaks to your heart.
How do these instructions help us be more like Jesus?

Romans 12:1-18

1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God,
to present your bodies as a living sacrifice,
holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by
the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern
what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
3 For by the grace given to me
I say to everyone among you not to
think of himself more highly than he ought to think,
but to think with sober judgment,
each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.
4 For as in one body we have many members,
and the members do not all have the same function,
5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ,
and individually members one of another.
6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us,
let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith;
7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching;
8 the one who exhorts, in his exhortation;
the one who contributes, in generosity;
the one who leads, with zeal;
the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.
10 Love one another with brotherly affection.
Outdo one another in showing honor.
11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.
12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.
15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
16 Live in harmony with one another.
Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly.
Never be wise in your own sight.
17 Repay no one evil for evil,
but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.
18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.

Make room to know and “be Jesus”
in the midst of everyday, ordinary life.

MEDITATE or MEMORIZE

Write out the following passage from Luke 1 and recite it 3 times.
Take it with you throughout the day.

3 it seemed good to me also,
having followed all things closely for some time past,
to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus,
4 that you may have certainty concerning
the things you have been taught.

PRAYER

Father, thank you for Jesus.
May I know Him and be like Him more and more.

Written by: Laurie Aker

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