A new month, the beginning of the second half of 2008. How is this year going for you? Are you where you want to be on your journey? As I read through the Bible, today’s study was on Mark 1. Mark’s account of Jesus’ life focuses on action, including Jesus as the “Perfect Servant”. Reading how Jesus served others is astounding… the way he would deflect from himself to focus on loving and serving others is humility in its truest form. For instance, although Jesus was sinless – thus, having nothing to repent of- he still was baptized by John.
My Bible notes say Jesus was baptized for several reasons, including supporting John’s ministry and to model a servant lifestyle for us. Makes you see how selfless he is, being baptized instead of saying, “No thanks, I don’t need to go there…” As we strive to be more like Jesus, we need to do things simply because ‘it’s the right thing to do’. In addition, we need to draw on the power of the Holy Spirit instead of trying to go alone. All the good intention and effort in the world will not be effective without God’s acceptance. Right after being filled by the Spirit (Mark 1:10-12), he faced Satan in the dessert, where he successfully used God’s word to resist temptation.
Isn’t it comforting to know God offers everything we need to live a life following Jesus? Between prayer, the Holy Spirit, and God’s Word, we have the most powerful weapons in the Universe! And the more we use these weapons, the more skilled we become at using them victoriously.
Regardless of what your battle is today, you will win as long as you use your weapons. Fight the good fight of faith and put on the armor of God!