Scripture Reading — Mark 8:31-9:1
“Whoever needs to be my follower should deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” — Mark 8:34
In 2018 a group of young men in Thailand were drastically rescued subsequent to being caught for quite a long time in a cavern. Yet, one courageous rescuer kicked the bucket all the while. As a prepared Navy Seal, the one who kicked the bucket was very much aware that the salvage mission was risky—and he did it in any case, alongside different rescuers.
Jesus starts to show his followers what lies ahead—that he should endure and be slaughtered and afterward rise once more—and Peter discover this mission to be harsher than anticipated.
Jesus additionally starts to instruct following him. It isn’t tied in with receiving a bunch of religious proclamations, marking a participation agreement, or living by an ethical code—albeit those can be beneficial things. It is tied in with sharing the uplifting news that Jesus is Lord and is the best way to salvation. It’s tied in with realizing that this way can be hazardous—and doing it in any case.
In The Cost of Discipleship, Dietrich Bonhoeffer composed that a pupil zeros in just on Jesus and not “the street which is excessively hard for us. . . . He drives the way; keep near him.”
In the Jewish custom of following a rabbi (instructor) and going wherever he went, the platitude was “May you be shrouded in his residue.” That’s the effect of otherworldly closely following!
As supporters, we are called to walk the difficult way of apprenticeship. Furthermore, Jesus will consistently be there as soon as humanly possible with us.
Lord Jesus, thank you for all you have done for us. Strengthen us to follow you faithfully, knowing you are always with us. Amen.
Scripture Reading — Mark 9:14-29
“I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” — Mark 9:24
The supporters couldn’t drive out an evil spirit that was hurting a little youngster. That caused them to feel pointless. They wound up managing their dissatisfaction by contending with critics in the group.
What turned out badly? Did they need to think all the more decidedly? At times we may hear somebody say, “Simply have more confidence,” or, “Simply imagine it into the real world”— implying that the sky is the limit in the event that we genuinely trust it can occur. In any case, that is simply self-controlled positive thinking and has nothing to do with genuine confidence.
Rather than the followers’ ineffectualness and contending, we hear the dad of the kid begging Jesus, “I do accept; assistance my unbelief!” And from that petition new life emerges.
Confidence isn’t most importantly a matter of self-produced conviction, however a favored combination of a divine blessing that is gotten and supported—as in this current dad’s supplication.
Jesus isn’t put off by the man’s modest and legit request. Also, he isn’t put off by our own: “I accept—however truly, God, I’m not solid, and I’m not generally certain. If it’s not too much trouble, help me.”
Confidence and teaching can be testing. Furthermore, we are absolutely reliant on the Lord to give us confidence. Since he cherishes us, Jesus is enchanted to have us ask him for help as we battle in figuring out how to live by confidence.
Dear Jesus, I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief. Thank you. Amen.