Daily Lenten Devotion Tuesday, March 11

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 – Psalm 34; Genesis 37:12-24; 1 Corinthians 1:20-31 and Mark 1:14-28

Psalm 34 – 3   O magnify the LORD with me,
and let us exalt his name together. …

8   O taste and see that the LORD is good;
happy are those who take refuge in him.

Mark 1:14-28 – 14Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, 15and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”

16As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea – for they were fishermen. 17And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” 18And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.

Today I want us to hear what Jesus said.

First he said; “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” As I am working on my morning devotion our mantle clock struck six o’clock. The time is near for the day to begin. With Jesus’ entrance onto the scene the time of salvation had come near. Jesus called those around him to repent and believe the good news. Today, Jesus invites us to repent and believe. What do we need to repent of? We place our trust in people, institutions and/or things instead of fully trusting God. We love people and things more than we love God. May we seek to repent of our worship of people, institutions and things and turn to the one who can give us real life.

In the Psalm today we hear; O taste and see that the LORD is good;
happy are those who take refuge in him.

What do you hear Jesus calling you from? What do you hear Jesus calling you to?

Secondly, we hear Jesus saying to the fishermen and now unto us; “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” The fishermen could literally follow our Lord on his journey of sharing the good news. We follow as we trust and believe, as we read God’s word and as we pray asking Jesus to lead us daily. During this season of Lent we’ll be seeking to follow as we read through the gospel of Mark. As we read through Mark, what may have been the first written gospel, we will hear of the miracles Jesus did. We’ll hear his teaching in parables. We’ll read of his going off to pray. We’ll read of his going the way of the cross.

Today, hear Jesus saying unto you; “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.”

O Christ, I know I need to repent of many things. I don’t fully trust in you. I don’t always follow you. I often seek to lead instead of walking beside you or following you. This day may I be more open to hear you calling me to repent and fully believe. May I seek to listen for your voice calling me to repent, believe and follow. Amen.

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