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As I wrote through the first chapter of Mark the first thing that caught my attention was the use of the word immediately. It is used 8 times in the chapter. The second thing to cautch my attention was this verse:
But He said to them, “Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also, because for this purpose I have come forth.” ~ Mark 1:38
In the previous verse (Mark 1:37) we are told that everyone was looking for Him, which to me implies that the people in that town were welcoming to Jesus and His presence. They were curious about Him, what He was doing, and what He was preaching.
I don’t know about you, but I like staying were I am welcome. It is comfortable, but Christ’s mission was not to be comforatable. His mission was to go forth and preach in the next town, and the next, and the next, and the next, and…. you get the picture.
And His mission was immediate!
So is ours.
There is urgency in the mission of spreading the gospel.
Did you know that as a Christian you are also commissioned to spread the gospel (Matthew 28:16-20)? To be honest, sometimes I forget and today I am grateful for the reminder that Jesus has given me a job to do.
Lord, I am guilty of staying where I am comfortable, where I know I am welcome, and of being afraid of the unknown places You desire me to go. Please, Lord, I want to want to go forth and tell others of You and of Your saving work on the Cross. Please, make my heart long for this purpose. Please stir up this desire in me. Please stir it up immediately. In Your name I pray. Amen.
I hope my thoughts help you understand how this scripture can be applied to our modern lives, but don’t just take my word for it. Dive into The Bible yourself, pray, and ask the Lord to reveal His truth to you.
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