Good Morning, Lovely! Would you like to start the Devotional series from the begining?Click here.
Want to start here? Ask God to show you Himself in a whole new way.
Then take a moment to read Mark Four.
Wanna know my favorite part about the 12 apostles?
They ask questions.
I am a question asker. When I was little I remember getting so frustrated when grown ups wouldn't answer my questions. Why do you get to know something that I don't? I vowed to always answer my children's questions. It sounds like a great plan until you spend any sort of time with a question asking two year old! haha!
There have been many times when I find myself thinking a question just to read a little further and find out that they were thinking the same question.
Wanna know my second favorite part? Jesus always answers them.
If you're struggling with doubt or uncertainty at the moment. Let that speak life into your current situation. Ask God to reveal Himself, His ways, or His Will and He always does.
In verse 10 I get to see another little similarity between myself and the people that surrounded Jesus in His ministry--they time their questions strategically.
They waited until they were alone with Jesus to ask clarifying questions. Maybe it's because they didn't want to interrupt Jesus' teachings or maybe it's because they don't want to look stupid-- either way they waited until they were alone with Jesus and asked:
"Why do you teach in these parables? "
Jesus answered so that people would understand.
Here I am in my comfy quiet time chair in my little suburban college house and I can't help but think that Jesus is going about this all wrong. Instead of teaching in parables wouldn't it be more effective to say there are 4 different types of people who will hear My word?
Then I started thinking...
Can you think of a sermon you have heard in the last 5 years where you remember the facts? The cold hard facts: numbers, maps, traditions, etc.
Stories stick, but facts fade.
It's as simple as that. Jesus in all His glory understood perfectly what these people (& us today) would need in order to not only understand, but to remember His teachings.
Stories stick & facts fade.
I'm not sure that this is the most relevant blog post or devotional day for you, but it is ground breaking for me.
I started writing about The Book of Mark because I wanted to act on my prayer for God to make me a better teacher.
Through this section of Mark 4, God answered my prayer. He grew me a little bit to be better used by Him and His Kingdom.
What's your God Sized Dream of the moment? What has He been stirring in your heart? Have you begun the process to reach that dream? A great place to start is to ask God for wisdom, for knowledge on the process.
If He is faithful enough to answer my prayer, He will be faithful enough to answer yours. God wants you to succeed and He wants to grow you through the process.
Lord, please let this speak volumes to whom ever reads this. Please, let it encourage the reader to seek you for answers. You gave me an example, a first step on how to get better, give that to them. Give them determination to seek Your face. Give them the ability to trust your goodness. Thank you for what you have taught me. Now, Jesus, make me a better storyteller. In your name we pray, AMEN.
Here at Desperately Dependent, I write about how I need God much more than He needs me. I write about how living the Spirit Filled Life is changing me and the people around me. And how so many 'failures' and awkward situations arise from being a Christian Twenty Something.