Mark 3:14-15, And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach, 15 And to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils:
Our journey with Jesus and our supreme calling as His disciples is, first and foremost, about being “with HIM,” and then, and only then, being sent forth to “preach” with “power,” and to make a difference in the lives of the hurting, helpless, and hopeless multitudes around the corner and around the world!
My reading of Mark’s Gospel this morning was a really good reminder of the importance of humility before God and men [MK 1:7]; the importance of being willing to leave everything and everyone behind to follow Jesus [MK 1:16-20]; the importance of spending time in a solitary place with the Lord, and at the same time, never using it as an excuse to no “GO” the the needy places [MK 1:35-39], and then, of course, the importance of recognizing that our supreme calling in life is to be with Jesus, to love Jesus, and to serve Jesus with all that I am and all that I have!
Matthew 22:36-40, Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
O Lord, help me to ever remember my supreme calling in life!