JESUS WORKS HERE
A franchise player can help a team win championships. A highly talented coworker can help your company exceed expectations. Jesus is on your team and at work in your everyday life, for success even through storms.
Notes And Next Steps
Mark 8:18-34 + Part 3 of the series “Staycation: Living Life on Mission"
When Jesus is on your team, you expect big things to happen and can’t wait to be part of the experience.
“amazing, fun, love, growth, impactful, close like family, inspiring, life-changing and strengthened in courage.”
When we’re away from home, we expect discomforts.
Committed beyond comfortable.
“When I’m doing what Jesus wants me to do, I expect to be protected from trouble, hardship and pain not walk into them.” That is a lie.
“During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death … he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him” (Hebrews 5:7-9).
Jesus does not ever promise to keep you safe from storms, but to keep you safe through storms.
“Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against … the spiritual forces of evil” (Ephesians 6:12).
SPIRITUAL NEXT STEPS
- What difficulty are you experiencing lately that you’d like to disappear? How does facing your challenges and struggles grow your faith and dependence on God?
- Where do you see a need in our Pflugerville community? How can you get involved in helping CrossLife meet that need?
- C. S. Lewis wrote, “The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one’s ‘own,’ or ‘real’ life. The truth is of course that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one’s real life – the life God is sending one day by day: what one calls one’s ‘real life’ is a phantom of one’s own imagination.” How can you start to better notice Jesus at work in the most mundane and everyday moments of your life? Plan to make a list this week of interruptions that you see as opportunities. (Lewis to Arthur Greeves, December 20, 1943, in C.S. Lewis, The Quotable Lewis, ed. Wayne Martindale and Jerry Root [Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1989], 3350).
- In Matthew 8:29, demons confess Jesus’ identity trying to use his name to exorcise him and get rid of him. But they fail, and Jesus in turn drives them out. Pray about the name of Jesus in your life and heart, that you believe, know and speak it in its appropriate place, so that even the most powerful problems, enemies or storms cannot prevent his promises.