Sunday, October 09, 2011

Msg: On Your Mark, Get Set, Go! - Week 3

   Do you prefer to be in the middle of a large crowd, or by yourself? While I prefer to be alone at times, I am finding myself more comfortable in larger crowds. I was recently at a Newsboys concert and stood in the 16th row. Being that close to the stage and having the keyboard player right over my head during part of the show was amazing. When I get to heaven someday, I want to be in the crowd worshiping  Jesus, as close to front as I can get.
   When we look at chapter 3 of Mark, we see crowds continuing to gather around Jesus, almost crushing him. People are coming for different reasons - some to see miracles, others to be healed, others to hear words of life, and a few who are looking to find fault. The message today starts with Jesus going out on a boat to teach because of the crowd pressing in on Him. Then He goes off on a mountainside to pray and calls those He wants to use for sharing His message of hope. As we look at the people He calls, they are ordinary people, just like you and me. They aren't religious superstars, and as we keep reading we will see they don't understand much of the time, and make mistakes along the way. I don't know about you, but that gives me a lot of encouragement to know that God wants to use someone like me, despite all of my faults and failures.
   When Jesus comes down with His disciples, He goes into a home and is again surrounded by so many people that He and the disciples can't even eat. Not only have the religious leaders come to challenge Him again, but his own family thinks Jesus has lost His mind and comes to take Him away. Maybe you are a believer and friends or family don't understand why you choose to live your life for Jesus instead of what they are pursuing. Take encouragement from what Jesus teaches about a spiritual family. Now on your mark, get set, go!

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