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“Jesus was going about in all of Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every sickness among the people” (Matthew 4:23).

Jesus’ ministry of healing and His proclamation got the attention of the people, but we know that it would have a different direction after He was resurrected.  Thank the Lord for the healing of the body; but that is temporary.  The resurrecting of the body and soul is forever.  The Gospel is not just about the gift of grace, but more importantly, it points to where all of this life is heading. 

You know, Lord, that I sometimes just think in terms of the moment.  To be sure, I should neither live in the past, nor concentrate on the future, but I am aware of both.  Help me to live in these moments You give me, but also keep in mind the direction I am heading.  You have set me free from sin, death, and the devil for a purpose.  Lead me in Your purpose always that I may live out the Gospel and do the ministry You give me in my time here.

Jesus, the Good News and action go hand in hand.  The Gospel is the Gospel when it is accompanied by the works You give me to do.  You are creating in me a whole new person who is becoming like You.  Guide me step by step as I journey in each moment You give me, knowing that in You I have hope and a future.  Send me where You will, Jesus, and help me to always be faithful.  Amen.