Saturday, March 10, 2018
Read : Mark 1:1-39
Thoughts from: Dave Perrotti
In Mark 1 the gospel of Jesus Christ starts off like a drag race. Mark skips the genealogy of Christ and the virgin birth, and he immediately jumps to John the Baptist preaching in the wilderness and proclaiming the One who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.
In verse 15 John the Baptist declares, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” Bam! Going at light speed!
But the pace does not slow down; immediately after the summary of Jesus’ message, He calls four fishermen. What is their response? “Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.” (vs.18). Each follower did not first debate with himself about his financial stability, and what is best for him and his family. They were called to break with their old way of life and follow Jesus, and they acted immediately. Two of them left their dad, Zebedee, to finish mending the nets!
There is no doubt that the Holy Spirit prompted them to follow Jesus. They could have resisted, but instead they immediately acted and followed Jesus.
What happens when you are prompted by the Holy Spirit to act on something? When the Holy Spirit prompts you about your walk, about giving, about serving, about praying for someone, about encouraging someone, about sharing the gospel with your family, friend or neighbor, do you respond immediately into action, or do you put it off? Let’s do this. Like the fishermen, let’s act immediately to the calling of our King.