I’ve been reading through the One Year Bible which is a wonderful source of daily encouragement to me. I’d encourage everyone to find a Bible Reading plan (check out http://www.youversion.com for several great options).
Today’s reading included Mark Chapter 1. Mark was the first of the Gospels to be written and in the very first chapter, I believe Jesus is giving us a pattern through His own actions for us to model. Jesus does six distinct tasks that are essential for every follower of Christ to carry out. If we’ll do these six things, I believe God will change the world in us and through us!
1. Be Baptized
At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” Mark 1:9-11
2. Resist Temptation
At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness, and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him. Mark 1:12-13
3. Share the Good News
After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” Mark 1:14-15
4. Partner with other Believers
As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him. Mark 1:16-18
5. Help those in Need
That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed. The whole town gathered at the door, and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. Mark 1:32-33
6. Stay Connected to God
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Mark 1:35