Starting something new (Mark 1)

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Mark 1:1

There is always excitement within me when I get to begin something new.  As I wrote the previous sentence I realized that is not a totally true statement because there are times when I am called to new things that maybe I don’t want to face.  For example, when it came time for me to admit I had crossed the half-a-century mark in my life.  I really did not go into depression, but at the same time I did not shout for joy.

Here is a principle I have learned in life: Everything God places before me is for my good.

This morning we consider Mark’s gospel.  Mark begins with powerful words, “The beginning of good news…”

Brothers and sisters this gives me great excitement because I am starting at the beginning part of a journey in which I am going to unpack good news.  I wonder how differently our days on the earth would be if we approached every day with the view that in this day I am going to unpack good news.

For Mark the good news began with Jesus Christ the Son of God.

  • Jesus (Earthly name given by the Father, Matt. 1:21).
  • Christ (Name given in the Old Testament signifying the coming of the Anointed Messiah).
  • The Son of God (This title points us to the deity of Jesus).

Mark invites his readers to begin something new.  This something is a life-time of following Jesus.

In Mark 1 we get a taste of how the process of something new happens:

  • We see Jesus calling out to Peter and Andrew, 1:16-17.

16 Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 17 And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” Mark 1:16-17

Jesus call was clear:  To follow means Jesus become the Lord of your life.  To follow means you must come off the throne of your life.

Jesus call meant a radical turnaround:  These men would have to leave what characterized them, consumed them, and had been a life-long career.

Later in Mark’s writing we read the words of Jesus:

34 And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. Mark 8:34

Question:  Have you received such a call and have you signed up for this calling?

  • We see Peter and John fully surrendering their lives to Jesus.

18 And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 

I love this part of the story.  Jesus was going to take these men (upon their surrender) and use them in greater ways than they ever imagined.  I am sure Peter never imagined as his dad was teaching him to cast a net into the sea for a catch of fish that one day he would cast the net of the gospel (Acts 2) and three-thousand people would be saved.

I love how God uses our talents, our past, and life experiences to fuel the work of the Kingdom. I believe with all my heart that God is calling a new generation of believers to start something new!

But I must tell you, there is one catch, you must close us shop where you are before you can start something new.

I wonder, have I really closed up shop where I am?  Have I really let go of the world or have I tried to carry the past with me into God’s present calling.  I hope you receive this in the spirit I intend it to be in.  God can never fully use you and you can never fully embrace a new beginning as long as you carry around the corpse of your old life.

Jesus said in Luke 9:62, “Any man who puts his hand to my work (the plow) and looks back is not effective (ready) for the Kingdom of God.”

Many who read this are living in the midst of the journey with Christ.  I challenge you to think back to the day you began a new journey with Jesus.  I challenge you to strengthen your pace in this journey, you are closer to the finish than you where when you began.

I look forward to the day when you and I get to cross the finish line!!!  When we do, it will be a new beginning for eternity with God.

One Response to “Starting something new (Mark 1)”

  1. odellfaye Says:

    Thank you for this message!

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