January 25, 2019

Job Descriptions

Luke 4:14-22

“Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

—  Luke 4:21

Have you ever had a review of how well you have been doing in your job? Often we are assured that we are doing our job quite well, but we may also be encouraged to improve in certain areas. Most of us are relieved when the evaluation is done and we can go back to doing what we do—and trying to improve in those certain areas.

Jesus had traveled back to Galilee, and as word spread about the things he had been doing, people wanted to see if the stories they had heard were actually true. The people in his hometown knew him as Joseph’s son, so they were ­really curious—and rather doubtful—about him.

Jesus goes to the synagogue, pulls out his job description from Isaiah, and begins to read. He outlines why he is going from place to place and sharing the good news—God’s story of grace, forgiveness, healing, and love. The description in Isaiah shows why he heals lepers, declares the good news of God’s love, and invites others to follow him. It explains why people who were blind can now see, and why others can walk even though they were paralyzed. Jesus is accomplishing his mission.

When Jesus invites us to join him on the road, he calls us to do as he is doing. Are you serving him with the gifts he has given you? Are you ready for your job evaluation?

Dear Jesus, thank you for making your directions for our lives clear. Help us to serve you faithfully in all that we do. Amen.

About the author — Beth Fellinger

Beth Fellinger is the pastor of Destination Church in St. Thomas, Ontario. She and her husband have been involved in ministry in large urban centers and small rural communities. Beth has served in three church plants and a church rebirth as well as in established churches. She loves her children, their spouses, and grandchildren. She is a cancer survivor twice over and celebrates life every day. She believes strongly in the local church and what a church committed to Christ, missions, and its community can accomplish. She has an enthusiastic vision of how the church can reach out and share the good news of Jesus with others.

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