Readings: Psalms 148-150; Psalms 114-115; Genesis 7:1-10; 17-23; Ephesians 4:1-16; Mark 3:7-19
Psalms 148-150 this morning are a call to praise and that is fitting for a Sunday morning. It is a beautiful day and it is right that we should praise him this morning.
We have already read Psalms 114-115 this week, but what a great reminder to trust God. Can never have too many reminders to trust him. I tend to be one to try to do things on my own strength and to worry. This is needed.
The Genesis passage is God telling Noah what to do. Noah trusted. Noah was faithful to do what God commanded.
In Ephesians, Paul urges us to I therefore, ” to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.” What a great message for those of us in business. Are we doing this? Are we walking with humility and gentleness? Are we eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit? That’s hard when we’re all sinners.
In the Gospel passage, it tells about Jesus and his disciples right at the beginning of his ministry. Mark names all of the disciples. This group of men lived and breathed Jesus’ ministry. They are a privileged few. They received Jesus’ authority to cast out demons and heal the sick. They had their moments of arguing and, of course, discord. But they were blessed. They gave up all they knew to follow the Christ.
My Prayer for my Team: May we work in the unity of the Spirit. May we give up our comfort to follow Christ. May we not get discouraged when things look like failures. I’m sure Noah felt like that when the people were laughing at him as he built the ark. Let us keep pressing on.