Monday, January 18, 2010

New thru 30 / Mark 1:1 - Mark 11:33

Our church is reading the New Testament together over the course of the next 30 days. This is a huge goal, but I think it will bring great results for those who read it together. I'm posting some personal observations from the daily reading...

- God always prepares the way for His mission to be accomplished. Before Jesus came on the scene, God sent John the Baptist to get things ready. In the same way, if you are seeking God, then I believe God will prepare the way for you to accomplish His mission.

- Just a little humor for my Catholic friends... if Simon Peter wasn't married, then he was the unluckiest man in the world to not be married but still have his mother-in-law live with him!!! (See Mark 1:29 - 31) =)

- Jesus sets the example for us by having time alone to spend with His Heavenly Father. Questions to ask myself: do I have a time and place to get alone with God?

- Jesus did not fit the expectations of the religious people. They could not understand why Jesus would eat with the people He was eating with. Jesus' answer was to simply say I'm not a doctor for the healthy, I'm a doctor for the sick.

Do I get too focused on the expectations of religious people?
Do I need to focus more on the sick?

- Lamps are placed in the most strategic place possible so that they will shine the most light. You put a lamp on a stand, not under a bowl.

We are also called to be the light of the world. But how strategic are we being with our light? Am I hiding my light, or am I being strategic with how I shine?

- Jesus did not want demons or people telling others who He was at this point in His ministry. Isn't it funny that the people who wanted to talk were told not to, and the people who are told to talk about Him don't want to.

- John the Baptist loses his life in prison. John had been courageous and preached against evil and sin. John was faithful to God.

We aren't promised that life will be great if we follow Christ... in fact, we are promised the opposite. But there is a far greater glory waiting for us than anything this world can offer!!!

- If we want to save our life, we must lose it. That is the upside-down way of God!

- The disciples always had an argument going on... who is the greatest? I think it's interesting that while they competed amongst themselves, they never tried to compare themselves with Jesus. Jesus is the standard. Jesus is the goal. We are to strive in our life to be like Jesus. Forget comparing yourself with others on this earth... compare yourself to Jesus!!! That will give you some perspective.

- It's interesting to me that we see Jesus get angry a few times during these chapters we have read. It probably surprises some people that Jesus would get angry... and yet there are things that makes God angry. The important question is to ask: Do the things that make God angry also make me angry?


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