What does Jesus want me to do in my day to day life? I know that I need to live righteous before Him but in and with what? Do I ask Him about all the small things, like should I talk to this or that person? What about at home alone? Should I be sensitive to His leading about what I should eat or what I should watch on TV?
I think that Jesus looked differently at these issues than we do. All of these actions/events are so trivial that the Bible hardly mentions them except to say how they related to Jesus’ ministry. Jesus was a personal Savior come to seek and to save that which was lost. (Lk 19:10) He is total ministry (which means service) 100% of the time. He has not and did not serve Himself at all. On the contrary, He gave Himself for us.
How did Jesus minister in His day to day life?
One way I believe that we can see this in the Gospels is to look for key phrases which include “pass”, “passed” or “passing”. (Download free bible software from www.e-sword.net) We can see these things in the Bible with certain phrases like “and it came to pass” or “as Jesus passed by”. Within these phrases are our pictures of the life of Jesus.
Matthew 9:10 says “And it came to pass as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples…”. Jesus goes on to teach that He would rather see his followers have mercy and compassion rather than have sacrifice of animals and burnt offerings (Hos 6.6)
Another time the Bible says “And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding his twelve disciples, he departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities” (Mat 11:1).
This is another snapshot of Jesus when He had completed some instruction of the twelve and then practiced what he “preached” by starting to teach and to preach in the cities.
“And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan.” (Mar 1:9) This was another time in the life of Jesus where His ministry was just starting.
The Bible mentions time passing in the context of how it related to ministry. Have you heard that saying, “Life is what happens when you are making other plans”? Well to Jesus, His life and ministry was THE primary plan.
Another saying is that the “end justifies the means”.
To Jesus, the means were important also. Yes, He had to die and become sin for us, (which is the ultimate ministry and sacrifice) but his ministry to the lost and his servant-hood to others were very important also.
Please take a study of the following verses which have “pass” or “passed by” or the like and see what and how the Holy Spirit speaks to you. I guarantee that you will receive more than you think.
Mat 7:28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:
Mat 9:10 And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples.
Mat 26:1 And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said unto his disciples,
Mar 2:23 And it came to pass, that he went through the corn fields on the sabbath day; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of corn.
Luk 5:1 And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret,
Luk 5:12 And it came to pass, when he was in a certain city, behold a man full of leprosy: who seeing Jesus fell on his face, and besought him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
Luk 5:17 And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them.
Luk 6:6 And it came to pass also on another sabbath, that he entered into the synagogue and taught: and there was a man whose right hand was withered. (Awesome study!!)
Luk 6:12 And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.
Luk 7:11 And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much people.
Luk 8:1 And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him,
Luk 8:22 Now it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a ship with his disciples: and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake. And they launched forth.
Luk 8:40 And it came to pass, that, when Jesus was returned, the people gladly received him: for they were all waiting for him.
Luk 9:18 And it came to pass, as he was alone praying, his disciples were with him: and he asked them, saying, Whom say the people that I am?
Luk 9:28 And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray.
Luk 9:33 And it came to pass, as they departed from him, Peter said unto Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias: not knowing what he said.