Monday: Listen to him! vv 1-13
‘Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!’’ v7
This is the second time in Mark that we have heard the phrase, “This is my Son, whom I love.” The first was when Jesus was baptised, right at the very beginning of his ministry. This time, God finishes with the line, “Listen to him.” Jesus’s credentials are firmly established: He is the Son of God and loved by God. Who better could we listen to?
Tuesday: Help my unbelief! vv14-30
‘Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”’ v24
It is ok for us to doubt. Note that the father doesn’t walk away at this point leaving his son in the same condition because his faith isn’t what it could be. Instead, he asks Jesus to help him to overcome his unbelief and his son is healed. Jesus wants us to come to him as we are and ask him to work a miracle in our lives, as we are. Our faith will grow as we see him change us.
Wednesday: Be a Servant! vv30-37
‘Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”’ v35
In a world where it is so important to be at the top, to have the most, earn the most, be the most, this is not an easy thing to do. We are so keen to look out for our rights and make sure that we don’t miss out and yet here, Jesus is saying that actually, we need to be looking out for others, SERVING others. The idea of being a servant doesn’t sit well, does it? And yet it is exactly what we are called to do. Who are you going to serve today?
Thursday: Not in our gang….. vv38-41
‘…for whoever is not against us is for us.’ v40
Notice that Jesus doesn’t say, “Whoever isn’t for us is against us.” Once again, he turns things on their head. The disciples thought that because the man wasn’t ‘one of them’, Jesus would have a problem with him and tell him to stop. Instead, he begins to open their mind to the possibility that the gospel goes beyond their little group. Jesus message is for all and all havea part to play in building his Kingdom.
Friday: Gouge it out! vv42-47
‘And if your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell….’ V47
It’s amazing that there aren’t cults of Christians with only one eye! Jesus isn’t actually telling the people to cut off their limbs and gouge out their eyes. These verses are more about understanding that we are weak and trying to avoid situations which put us into temptation. If staying up late on the internet causes you to sin, don’t do it. If starting a ‘just for prayer’ conversation causes you to gossip, don’t do it. Anything which gets in the way of your eternal relationship with God, CUT IT OUT!