By Mark Shields
This day with God, let us focus on the Word found in Mark 1:14-20 as Jesus announces the Good News and appoints His first disciples. Jesus began preaching after John the Baptist was put in prison. The heart of His message was proclaiming the Good News of God concerning repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
Jesus calls His first disciples as He walked beside the Sea of Galilee. He saw Simon and his brother Andrew who were fishermen. Jesus asked them to follow Him so they could fish for people and they made the decision to follow. Then a little farther, He saw James and his brother John in a boat so He called them to follow. They left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed Jesus.
Noticed within this passage is the occupation or trade of His first disciples. They were fishermen and Jesus was able to relate His ministry to their occupation. This helped the first disciples to understand the call of Jesus, pay closer attention, and take action. In the same way, we can help relate what people are interested in or what they do for a living with biblical principles.
Much of our life is directed by the low standards of this world rather than God’s higher standard. Success is defined by lofty incomes, nice cars, or an expensive house instead of vast spiritual assets like faith, hope, and love!
We can use software like excel and word to organize and retrieve spiritual assets to share with others by observing, listening to others, through music, art, nature, or even movies. Collect these spiritual assets to build up over time becoming faith muscles that never decline over time but only get stronger and stronger.
Our journey began with a decision to follow Jesus just like the first disciples in today’s passage. This day with You Lord will be amazing because our attention is undivided and thankful for the path provided. It’s a wonderful time to give praise for all the ways You have guided. Amen.