After Me

And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie,” Mark 1:7

This morning our More For Christ readings take us to the gospel of Mark where will spend the next month together.  I remind you that Mark is the guy (Acts 13:13) who bailed out on Paul and Barnabas during their first missionary journey.  As Mark writes he is much older and he has matured in his walk with Christ.  He has served faithfully to which both Peter and Paul affirm.  In this I find great encouragement that the gospel changes failures into faithful men that can be used by God.

Mark begins his gospel, not at the birth of Christ, but at the announcement of the coming of Christ.  The story of John the Baptist occupies the first 8 verses.  I encourage you to read about the life of this great man.  This morning I found myself amazed at his humility and his deep understanding of the gospel.

For the gospel to be successful, you and I must learn the gospel is Jesus story and not ours.  I find myself so challenged as John speaks, “After me.”  Yes the gospel is His story, but the gospel is often challenged by my story.

My old nature wants to elevate me.  People cannot be saved by your story.  Paul is clear in Romans 10:17 “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.”  This very day I must get past me.

The gospel itself is the story of a Savior who came to this world so that we could have an “After me.”  If I am still in me, I have either not come to Christ or Christ has not been formed in me, Gal 4:19.

This day, I want everyone to know about the after me part of my life.  In this the gospel is clearly presented.  I challenge every follower of Christ to come to this resolved place of submitting to God’s story and submitting to striving for Christ to be formed in us.  In this we will see the gospel at work.

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