David A. Cawston
This passage of Mark could change our lives. It contains the secret, which could transform your life and the church. If believed and practiced by us, it would enrich and liberate the lives of people around us.
The thing that most people fear, is living their lives without having made a measurable difference what so ever to this world.
What this passage has to say to us can radically change all of that.
- Each of us is in the indispensable link in God's continuing creation.
- We were born not only to know Him, experience His love, focus on Jesus Christ, respond by faith and live by obedience to His indwelling Spirit, but also to become reproducers of our faith.
Gods' most important work is with individuals. We are the link.
The joy of physical life is ultimately bearing children and the joy of the spiritual life is exactly the same.
God's purpose in populating the earth was one individual at a time. God's purpose in reaching the world is the same way, one person at a time.
Jesus came out of the wilderness, after His battle with Satan, to declare that the kingdom of God was at hand.
Mark wanted his readers to recognize that Jesus was the Messiah. But the kingdom of God, His rule in all of life does not operate in a vacuum. It calls for people to live in its reality and power.
Now Mark shows us how the Messiah called the kingdom people, the new Israel, the church.
He began by calling His disciples. How He did that and what He said to them is repeated in the life of every Christian.
There can be no effectiveness or power for any Christian, until he hears and responds to the same call.
16 And as He walked by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen.
17 Then Jesus said to them, "Come after Me, and I will make you become fishers of men."
18 And immediately they left their nets and f ...
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