Assurance of Life

Mark 10:29-31 Jesus said, “I assure you that anyone who has left house, brothers, sisters, mother, father, children, or farms because of me and because of the good news will receive one hundred times as much now in this life—houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and farms (with harassment)—and in the coming age, eternal life. But many who are first will be last. And many who are last will be first.”

Each day this week, we have been talking about letting go of what we’re holding on to that keeps us from truly experiencing grace. This passage today is one of the reasons Jesus is appealing to me. He shows that we shouldn’t have to worry about what position we have in this life because in the eyes of Christ, it’s not that important.

We can have may reasons why we should be in a certain position and placement. Jesus is basically saying here that we should not think higher of ourselves than we should. Jesus is with us in this life, and the next life. This is something incredible!

Becoming a Christian and believing in Christ means that we will have some separation from our “old” way of living to the way we are now called to live. This can and will feel painful to our human side; but there is so much more after coming to faith in Christ. We do not have to worry about what we have left behind because the life Christ lives with us now and the life to come is so much better.

Yes, there will be challenges and people trying to make us drop our faith; but Christ is with us. Hold on to this as you journey through your life! Jesus is with you and will not leave you!

Next week we begin a new five day series on Mark 10:32-45. The sermon is called “Being Great.”

Have a blessed weekend!

Normal Life

Mark 10:1 “Jesus left that place and went beyond the Jordan and into the region of Judea. Crowds gathered around him again and, as usual, he taught them.”

This month we are looking at the 10th chapter in the Gospel of Mark. As we begin this new series, I invite you to open your heart and see what God may be speaking to you through the Scripture. (Click here for the sermon on Mark 1:1-16)

Reading through Mark 10 and you can see some difficult passages. Divorce, adultery, rich man told to leave behind possessions, figuring out who is the greatest and a blind beggar.

But today, we get to pause in the first verse.

Think about your normal day. What does it involve? Waking up, breakfast, going to work, lunch, going home, dinner, trying to relax, bed, and then start all over? Any memorable conversations?

I think what we do in our day to day lives is of more importance than anything we do. Our habits are formed, health, etc. These are the moments when we are living real life. Life is the little moments we do daily. We do not have to go out of our way to say we’re “living life.”

I love the line, “And crowds gathered around him; and, as was his custom, he taught them.” Jesus’ “normal” life was being surrounded by people. It was very hard to schedule who he could meet with because you never knew who would show up. But he did not let that stop him. His details he had to do each day were in the midst of talking and teaching people. He taught them about the Kingdom of God.

Imagine how our lives would be if we made this our priority. Everything we do would certainly give God glory (like Colossians 3:17 says it should); and we would lead people to see and experience the Living God.

Jesus’ “normal” day was not written in a schedule, it was being where he needed to be. We have our days scheduled, but what if the people we meet with and talk with are the very people God had scheduled for us to meet? Maybe we need to hear what they have to say. Maybe, just maybe, our normal day is more special than we realize.