Introduction to the Gospel of Mark
Waiting is a natural part of the Christian life, which means most of us are familiar with waiting on God for something (Mark 1:1-7). The book of Mark presents a God of action, a God who is moving — even when it doesn’t make sense. He wants to bless us abundantly, but sometimes we are not ready to receive it. When we’re stuck living in our own ways, we’re not in a position to experience His blessing (Mark 1:9-11). If we are living for God, He’ll be faithful even in the waiting (Mark 1:14-15). Jesus ministered with great power, which means that with Him on our side, we have the power to change even the most impossible areas of our lives (Mark 1:32-34). Jesus’ power came from His prayer life, and we should follow suit (Mark 1:35). Jesus’ heart is for those who are far from God, and often we forget that we were once far from Him as well (Mark 2:13-17). But there is good news! The Kingdom is here because the King has come, and we are called to respond and take action: to repent and believe, to do things His way (Mark 1:16-20).
Points To Ponder
1) Am I ready to receive God’s blessing for my life?
2) What is God asking me to leave behind so I can follow Him?
3) What is something I need to let go of in order to follow Him better?