Be on the alert!
These are all different translations of the same word.
And this is the word for the day!
But of that day or hour no one knows,
Jesus is coming back! He’s gone away like a homeowner on a trip. He left believers in charge of the house. We don’t know when he is returning, but when He does return, we want Him to find us working, not sleeping!
Jesus is coming back! Wake up! Get to work!
It's such a joy to serve the Lord! Can I show you a few of my joys from yesterday?
My wonderful Sunday School Students. Each one of them brings me such joy!
Our Sunday Night Young Adult Bible Study. All I can say is, Wow! What a joy to be part of what God is doing!
Jesus is coming! The promise is true;
A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins,
The widow gave more than the others because she put in all that she had.
I noticed that she put in two copper coins.
Let’s see, she could have...
...kept it all, because she was poor and needed it for herself.
...given one and kept one. That would have been fair.
But no! She gave all. She counted on God to take care of her. She gave like Jesus. He gave His all.
Remember Mark 10:45?
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served,
but to serve,
and to give His life a ransom for many.
I love that God used a poor widow as an example of radical giving. Giving like Jesus. Giving your all. I’m thinking that is how God wants us to give! Give it all to Him! After all, He owns it all anyway! Let Him take care of you.
I love it! Thanks, Lord for the reminder!
And seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf,
The Master is seeking a harvest
Oh give us fruit for Your glory and not just leaves!
“What do you want me to do for you?”
That is quite a question coming from the Lord Jesus! And it is twice in our chapter!
Think carefully before you answer!
James and John, the two sons of Zebedee,
came up to Jesus, saying,
"Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask of You."
And He said to them, "What do you want Me to do for you?"
They said to Him,
"Grant that we may sit, one on Your right
and one on Your left, in Your glory."
This was not a good request! Jesus response:
But it is not this way among you,
but whoever wishes to become great among you
shall be your servant;
and whoever wishes to be first among you
shall be slave of all.
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served,
but to serve,
and to give His life a ransom for many."
The answer to their request was a rebuke. And instructions.
Be a servant. Take the lowest place.
Jesus came to serve. We should serve also!
Here the question is the second time:
And answering him, Jesus said,
"What do you want Me to do for you?"
And the blind man said to Him,
“Rabboni, I want to regain my sight!"
And Jesus said to him,
"Go; your faith has made you well."
Immediately he regained his sight and
began following Him on the road.
Blind Bartimaeus had his request answered immediately!
He knew who Jesus was! Faith!
He was healed both physically and spiritually.
Then what? He followed Him!
How could this be?
Jesus told His disciples what was about to happen.
"Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem,
and the Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes;
and they will condemn Him to death
and will hand Him over to the Gentiles.
"They will mock Him and spit on Him,
and scourge Him and kill Him,
and three days later He will rise again."
Hallelujah for the cross!
What do you want Him to do for you?
Think before you answer!
If your answer is to save you, He will!
He is alive to save you!
That is a good request!
I’m watching the Servant Jesus in the gospel of Mark. This chapter is crammed full of action! In the midst of it all the disciples were arguing over who was the greatest.
They came to Capernaum; and when He was in the house,
He began to question them,
"What were you discussing on the way?"
But they kept silent,
for on the way they had discussed with one another
which of them was the greatest.
Sitting down, He called the twelve and said to them,
"If anyone wants to be first,
he shall be last of all and servant of all."
Taking a child,
He set him before them,
and taking him in His arms,
He said to them,
"Whoever receives one child like this in My name receives Me;
and whoever receives Me does not receive Me,
but Him who sent Me."
The Servant explained servanthood. Willingly serve others. Put yourself last and others first. The concept is easy. The doing is hard. Today is a day full of opportunities to be a servant. God help me to serve You as I serve others.
The service of Jesus true pleasure affords,
In those days, when again a great crowd had gathered,
“The less Jesus had to work with, the more He accomplished and the more He had left over. In chapter 7, we saw crumbs falling from the table to a Gentile woman. Here a multitude of Gentiles is fed abundantly.” William Mac Donald
This blessed me because God is still using the little we have, to accomplish His great purposes. Growing up in the Routley family, when there was a guest at the chapel Sunday morning they would always be invited to our house for lunch. Mom and dad would say that God would divide the loaves and fishes. And He always did. There was always enough and some leftover. I saw miracles on a weekly basis. That was good training!
We have so little with which to serve the Lord, but God delights in blessing the world through our little! How is that? He is God. The work is His. He is compassionate! How exciting to be part of His work! You don’t have much to offer the Lord? Offer Him your little bit! He will do great things. You will get to witness the miracle on a daily basis! Withhold your little bit and miss out!
I think this is going on my whiteboard today so I can remember…
“The less Jesus had to work with,
the more He accomplished
and the more He had left over.”
Think about that!
Jesus took him aside from the crowd,
Look! It’s the crowd and the individual again. (See yesterday’s thought.) The crowd brings the guy to Jesus. But Jesus took him aside from the crowd… “by himself.” That's pretty remarkable. Jesus healed him! It was a private, personal meeting that changed this man forever. Jesus would like to meet you where you are in your sin. Step away from the crowd. Come to Jesus.
I spurned his grace, I broke his laws,
Last night at prayer meeting Paw Day, who is reading Bible stories to the preschoolers on Sundays, practiced reading her story with me. It was the story of the little boy’s five loaves and two fish. The story I read this morning in Mark 6. Having heard it twice in 12 hours, I paid special attention. I was blessed with these lessons about serving the Lord from William Mac Donald.
1. Disciples of the Lord Jesus should never doubt His power to supply their needs. If He can feed five thousand men with five loaves and two fish, He can provide for His trusting servants under any circumstances. They can labor for Him without worry as to where their food is coming from. If they seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, every need will be supplied.
There were so many good thoughts there! Today is a good day to take what we have and serve the Lord! I like thinking about that little boy who gave what He had to Jesus. I imagine he recounted that story to his kids and grand kids. What a story to be a part of! Isn't that so with us? We give what we have to Jesus. He multiplies it and works miracles. I love being part of His story!
I noticed an interesting contrast today in Mark 5. Let’s watch the response of the crowd to Jesus as contrasted with the response of a few individuals.
And they began to beg Jesus to depart from their region.
Most people begged Jesus to leave them…
One man begged to be with Him.
I think those are the odds today. Most people want Jesus to leave them alone. He has too many demands. He is too scary! There are a few people who see who He really is and want to be with Him.
Wait, we aren’t done yet…
And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him.
The crowd thronged about Jesus, but one woman touched Him.
There it is again. Many people wanting to be where the action was, but one woman reached out and touched Jesus.
Wait, we aren’t done yet! Watch…
They came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue,
Oh this is good! The crowd was so emotional. They were weeping and wailing and then laughing at Jesus. Crowds are stupid. Jesus was about to do something wonderful, but first He had to put the crowd outside. They would not have a part in this wonderful moment. The crowd is always missing out on the work of Jesus. He took only the few people with Him, to witness this miracle. Wouldn’t you rather be with Jesus, than getting the emotional high with the crowd? Most people would rather be in the crowd!
In all three cases Jesus gave very important instructions to the few who met Jesus.
In the first case, Jesus told him to go home and tell his family what great things had been done for him.
In the second case Jesus asked, “Who touched me?” He drew her out so that she would say out loud that she has touched Jesus. He knew of course. There were a lot of people touching him in the crowd, but this woman was changed. Jesus wants people who touch Him by faith to say so. Whether it’s going home and telling your family, or saying it publicly in front of the crowd.
The third case is interesting. Jesus did something special and told them not to tell! What? Everyone would know when the girl walked out of the room. Why not tell it around? Hype it up! Maybe the crowd will turn to Jesus! NOPE! Jesus was not interested in the crowd's opinion of Him. Jesus didn’t want to be a star. He was headed to the cross to die. He knew what He was about and He knew what the crowd was about. They could weep one second and laugh the next. The could hail Him one minute and crucify Him the next.
Jesus is not interested in the crowd. Jesus is interested in YOU. What about YOU? Stop being part of the crowd! Stop caring what everyone else does and says. You want Jesus. Let Him save you! Then tell people. Tell your family. Tell the crowd! Maybe you will put the thought in another person’s mind in the crowd to make their way to Jesus!
And leaving the crowd,
They took Him with them.
That’s interesting! It doesn’t say He took them. or they went over together. No. They took Him.
Well, that was a good thing!
Just as He was.
How was He? Tired. He went to sleep in the boat. He had a full life. A wearying life.
Then the storm came up and they accused Him of not caring. They were afraid. We do the same, don’t we? We think God is not involved in our storms. He is very involved. He rules the storm. The wind and the waves obey His will.
Peace! Be still!
He said those wonderful words and everything changed.
I love those words. I love the One who spoke them.
Are you in a storm today? Do you think He doesn’t care?
He cares. He speaks peace to your soul. Listen.
The winds and the waves shall obey Thy will,
More than anything I would like to encourage you in your walk with God!