Good evening y’all, welcome to the book of Mark 🙂
First of all, I sincerely apologise for going off the radar for a while during the Job study 😦 . It was a difficult time for me but thanks to God i’m back and ready to blog through the book of Mark 🙂 I’m excited to see what God has in store for us as we journey through this book together 🙂 . I pray the Holy Spirit will enlighten us and speak to our hearts as we study and give the grace to put into practice all that we will learn. In Jesus’ name. Amen
Today we begin chapter 1….be blessed 🙂
As i read the chapter, verse 16 – 20 immediately jumped at me. I was amazed at how Simon, Andrew, James and John left all to follow Jesus.
“As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him. When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him”.(Matthew 1: 16 – 20 NLT)
I ask myself how come it was easy for them to leave all and follow Jesus? Did they know about him before as scripture doesnt tell of any meeting with Jesus prior to him calling them…what was it that motivated a fisherman to leave his boat- his source of livelihood and run after Jesus?
I don’t have the answer to be honest but whatever be the reason, the fact is these men left all to follow Jesus and follow Him to the end they did. It wasn’t smooth sailing all the way for them, but nonetheless they stuck with Jesus.
Following Jesus is not always going to be easy….it comes at a cost but in the end its worth it. The fishermen in todays chapter left their source of livelihood. James and John even left their father and ran after Jesus!
Jesus himself said in Mark 8:34- 37-
“Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it. And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?”
My question today is: what are we willing to leave behind in order to follow Jesus wholly? Is there anything too precious to give up for Him?
I pray the Holy spirit will enlighten our hearts and help us see those things that are hindering us from following Jesus wholly and give us the grace to follow Jesus in all humility and sincerity of heart. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Thanks for joining today. Please feel free to leave your thoughts on the chapter. Tomorrow, we continue with chapter 2.
Have a blessed evening 🙂
***With God all things are possible***