Jesus had habits.
Good, small habits each day help bring about being the person you want to become. Spend your days well and your life will take care of itself. That’s the power of habit.
One book I’ve read that has stuck with me was The Power Of Habit by Charles Duhigg. Since the days of reading that book, I can look back on a strong list of habits that I put into place in my life and they are still going.
Today, I’m reflecting on the habits of Jesus. Jesus was perfect. And we ought to emulate the habits he had.
Here are a few of them:
He Actively Attended Worship
He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom… (Luke 4:16)
But Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer. (Luke 5:16)
He Asked Questions
Do you believe I can do this? (Matt 9:28) What do you want me to do for you? (Matt 20:32) Do you want to be well? (John 5:6) Whom are you looking for? (John 18:4) Do you love me? (John 21:16) How many loaves do you have? (Matt 15:34)
He Was Straight Forward
They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” (John 8:7)
He said to them, “The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves!” (Matthew 21:13)
He Empowered People
But Jesus said, “You feed them.” “With what?” they asked. “We’d have to work for months to earn enough money to buy food for all these people!” (Mark 6:37)
One day Jesus called together his twelve disciples and gave them power and authority to cast out all demons and to heal all diseases. (Luke 9:1)
He Did God’s Will
May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:10)
I do nothing on my own but say only what the Father taught me. (John 8:28b)
He Memorized Scripture
But he answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:4)
Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.’” (Matthew 4:10)
He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” (Matthew 19:4–6)
He Was Thankful
Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, thanked God for them, and broke them into pieces. He gave them to the disciples, who distributed the food to the crowd. (Matthew 15:36)
“At that time Jesus prayed this prayer: “O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike.” (Matthew 11:25)
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