Our first two days of readings for the new year begin with Mark – Chapters 1-2. Get your bible, a pen or hi-lighter and go! In these chapters, we will see the very early days of Jesus beginning his ministry. Chapter 1 begins with John the Baptist preparing the way for Jesus by preaching in the wilderness and baptizing followers who are ready to repent. Jesus enters soon after and is baptized by John as well. As He is baptized, the Holy Spirit comes upon Him. The skies open up and you hear God speak, “This is my beloved Son, and I am fully pleased with you.” (Mark 1:11)
Imagine you were in that crowd watching Jesus get baptized. What would you think if you saw the skies open? How would you feel? Without the rest of the books written yet, I think I would be terrified! I might even run away! I don’t know, it’s hard to say.
Following Jesus’ baptism, he was sent into the wilderness for 40 days to battle Satan. Just thinking about that makes me frightened! When he comes out of the 40 days of temptation, he begins his ministry. He finds his disciples in regular places. He tells them to follow him and they obey. They don’t yet know who he is or why they feel compelled to obey, but they drop everything and go. He includes sinners and those hated by society. This confuses many. However, Jesus explains as simply as he can, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor. I have come to call sinners, not those who think they are already good enough.” (Mark 2: 17)
What if Jesus called you to be one of his disciples in those very early days? Would you be able to drop everything and follow? What is He calling you to do now? What changes can you make in your life today to follow His calling in your life?
We are all called to be a part of Jesus’ family. We all have different gifts we can offer to share Jesus with others. I hope you are able to explore your gifts this year and say yes to following Jesus!
If you would like to share a time when you felt called to something and you didn’t understand why, we would love to hear it.