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A devotional by Toluwa. A 5 day plan looking

at 5 thoughts from the Book of Mark  

 

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 1 // Know your role 

 Mark 1:3

“Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, and he will prepare your way. He is a voice shouting in the wilderness, ‘prepare the way for the LORD’s coming! Clear the road for him!’”

The verse above speaks of John the Baptist, a man who had influence, a man full of wisdom, a man who had his own disciples. John the Baptist had enough to gain an ego, but he chose to be the oneto prepare the way for the ONE. John always pointed to Jesus.

John knew his role within the mission of Christ, he knew what he was called to do and in this he understood the importance of it. John wasn’t called to be the “Saviour” but was called to prepare us for him.

Today as you think about this verse, I have some food for thought for you: 

  1. What role has God given you? 

  2. Do you play your role to the best of your ability? 

  3. Do you understand the value of the role God has given you?

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Day 2 // Jesus’ perspective 

Mark 2:15

Later, Levi invited Jesus and His disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. (There were many people of this kind among Jesus’ followers.)  

Jesus really does see people differently to how we see them. The term ‘disreputable’ is often associated with those the society deemed shady or ‘bad news’. People that the ‘good’ and ‘all together’ just do not associate with. I think Jesus spent time with these types of people to radiate the heart of God. Gods heart and love transcends actions, class, ethnicity, history and so much more. 

When God sees these people, He does not solely see them as ‘disreputable’, but first sees His creation.So, in turn, that is Jesus’ perspective too. I think God calls us to have that same perspective. 

Here are some questions to think about: 

  1. What is your definition of ‘disreputable’? 

  2. What is your perspective of the disreputable people in the world? 

  3. How could you show the heart of God to the disreputable in your world?

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Day 3 // Law < People 

Mark 3: 1-2

“Jesus went into the synagogue again and noticed a man with a deformed hand. Since it was the Sabbath, Jesus’ enemies watched him closely. If he healed the man’s hand, they planned to accuse him of working on the Sabbath.” 

It saddened me as I read these verses. It saddened me because the people that professed to know God (Jesus’ enemies) were so far from the real heart of God, that they placed the law and legalism over God’s heart. They were willing to withhold the gift God had for someone because they valued rules above the heart of people. I believe God values right relationship with His people over legalism, but they missed the mark, sadly sometimes we can too.

At times we believe people should fit a certain mould, or follow certain rules, in order to be accepted or included, but God’s heart is and always will be people. 

It is not out of rules and legalism that we build relationship with our Creator and Saviour. It is out of the relationship with God our Creator, that we choose to lead a life that honours Him.

Here are some questions to think about: 

  1. Do you think this issue of legalism is still present in the church today? 

  2. Are there any areas in your life where legalism has taken priority over relationship? 

  3. What can we do to lean in more towards relationship than legalism?

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Day 4 // Jesus’ discipleship  

Mark 6:35-36

“Late in the afternoon his disciples came to him and said ‘This is a remote place, and its already getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go to the nearby farms and villages and buy something to eat’ ”

This was a dialogue between Jesus and the disciples. What intrigues me here is that Jesus allows the disciples to speak to Him in the way they did. They tried to direct/instruct Jesus. Jesus is the wisest person that has touched the face of the earth, the literal God in human form, yet He allowed His disciples to attempt to instruct Him. Jesus must have established a culture within His discipleship that allowed His disciples to be comfortable enough to speak what they felt and bold enough to speak their hearts. Whatever was said, Jesus would be willing to hear and listen. By Jesus simply letting them speak, it opened a door for the disciples to grow. 

When we give those that we are leading the opportunity to speak, they grow. Whether that be children, young people, adults, colleagues, or disciples; you create a culture that allows them to speak and be heard and in turn, grow.

 

Here are some questions to think about: 

  1. Who are you leading/discipling? 

  2. Do you give those who you lead a space to speak and be heard? 

  3. Is there anything you could do that would promote a hearing and listening culture in your environment?

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Day 5 // Expect a move  

Mark 9: 21-22

“…… ‘Since he was a little boy. The spirit often throws him into the fire or into the water, trying to kill him. Have mercy on us and help us if you can’ " 

The father of the boy that we meet here wants to see his son healed, so he asks Jesus for help. The boy has had this issue since he was a little boy, so we can assume it’s been a while. I wonder if they had tried to resolve this problem previously? Had they tried their own remedies? Had they exhausted all supposed avenues of potential breakthrough? I think this can help us understand why the father asks Jesus to heal the boy ‘if he can’.

 It is possible that years of seeing no breakthrough meant that this man’s faith was deeply affected. His faith was so affected that his belief and expectation that the Saviour could save his son was tainted.  

By God’s amazing power and grace his son is healed, but for us we may still be waiting. Please don’t let the past disappointments blind you from the power and grace of the God that you know.

Here are some questions to think about: 

  1. What is your response to disappointment? 

  2. Has disappointment affected your ability to believe for more? 

  3. How can we be in a state of believing in the good we serve, irrespective of our disappointment? 

I hope that the thoughts that have been shared over the past 5 days have resonated with you in some way and that you were blessed by them. 

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