Today’s Reading: Mark 1
Key Verse: Mark 1:17
Then Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.”
The word “immediately” is repeated seven times here. Do you think that God is seeking our attention and wants to motivate us to action? From the moment Simon (Peter), Andrew, James and John met Jesus, their priorities were radically changed. Jesus, Himself, takes on the job of making these fishermen “fishers of men.” “Immediately they left their nets and followed Him” (Mark 1:18). WWJD, “What Would Jesus Do?” became most important to them. Jesus delivered a man from an unclean spirit; He emphasized the priority of family by healing Peter’s his mother-in-law; Jesus healed people and cast out demons; Jesus rose early to pray privately. Follow Him and He makes us all He desires us to become.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord Jesus, You promised to “make me” as long as I follow You. Here I am, Your follower. By reading this daily devotional, I’m following Your Word and Your work. I pray that You will live in me and work through me today. There are immediate needs all around me. Please help me not to procrastinate but to act today with all the love and power with which You are loving and acting. I pray this in Your Name, Jesus. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I’m receiving feedback from readers that the two-year program of reading through the Bible is working so far. Many have said that they’ve tried a one-year program, but found they failed to comprehend well what they were reading. The two-year plan allows me to assimilate (make part of myself) God’s thoughts as expressed in His Words. One of the advantages is that anyone can start on any day and complete the Bible reading two years from that day. I find that by moving from Matthew to Genesis to Mark and back and forth from the Greek Scriptures to the Hebrew Scriptures bring not only variety but balance. “Immediately” speaks to me. When I was 18, while a public school teacher, I began to preach. Eventually, by following Jesus, a new congregation was planted in that northern Ontario region. That Church is thriving today. I simply could not wait until after my theological education to start preaching. The opportunity was there. Following Jesus means stepping out of my comfort zone and working for Him.