March 10, 2011

Today you should read: Mark 1:1-20

Why was I created?

If you’re like me, you have asked this question a million times over the span of your life. Often, if I am honest, that question is not one alluding to a higher purpose but rather one of selfish intent. I want to be someone special; I want to make my mark on this world and leave a legacy. Without the right perspective on this question, most of us will destroy our lives looking for the answer.

In today’s reading, we see someone who had a purpose. John the Baptist was the guy who paved the way for Jesus’ ministry; his purpose was known before he was even born (Mark 1:2, which references Isaiah 40:3). When I read about John the Baptist, I want to be like him. He was wild, wore camel hair and ate locusts and honey. I mean, this guy was a man’s man! Not only that, but he had so many followers that he was a kind of rock star of his time.

John was touted by Christ as being the greatest man ever born (Matthew 11:11), not because of John’s accomplishments but because of his humility (Mark 1:7). John knew that he was not even worthy to untie Jesus’ sandals. In other words, John is saying, “I am just a man. My whole life’s purpose is to prepare the way for the Messiah and give glory to God”. It was never about him.

The truth is that none of us were created to bring glory to ourselves, so if we are looking to make our mark on this world for our own glory, we need to repent. We were created to worship and bring glory to God. With that said, some of us will be businessmen, teachers, doctors, lawyers, pastors, missionaries, etc. In whatever we do, our sole purpose is to follow and glorify God.

So, how do we respond? Our answer is found in Mark 16-18. When Jesus calls Simon and Andrew, He makes the call very simple: “Follow me and I will make you become fishers of men”. Their response is one of obedience and humility: “They left their nets and followed him”. When you are called by Christ, your response should be to let go of everything and follow Him!

Unfortunately, we don’t always do this. Most of us would like to go back and “pick up our nets”, and some who are reading this have gone back to “the nets” rather than obey God immediately. For some of us, the Christian walk has become more about our own needs rather than following Christ with reckless abandon. There may even be some who are reading this that have never really left the boat. You may have slapped a fish symbol on it and put on a W.W.J.D. bracelet, but you’ve never actually made a decision to follow Jesus as Lord and Savior.

Reflection:
• Where do you find your purpose? Glorifying God or glorifying yourself?
• Is God Lord of your life or are you?
• Is the legacy you’re leaving all about you or are you making the way for the next generation of believers?

Posted by: Chad Wiles

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Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

9 thoughts on “March 10, 2011”

  1. Wow, Chad! Great insight….really gets me thinking. Sadly, God is not always Lord of my life; sometimes, I am. Fortunately, that’s NOT how I want to be, and my goal is to change…with God’s help. As the Bible says, in John 3:30, “He must increase, but I must decrease.”

  2. I have no doubt God is speaking OBEDIENCE to me yet again through this reading and your commentary Chad. In Kay Arthur’s book “Lord I Want to Know You”, she hits the nail on the head. “You will never know His sufficiency apart from knowing Him as Lord, as Master. Only a servant can be totally dependent upon his master to meet all of his needs.” God has validated this in my life many times over. She reminds us that we are all slaves to something…to the one we obey, but as Adonai, God has a right to EXPECT obedience. THAT is how we find our purpose….in daily acknowledging and honoring Jesus as Lord and abiding in Him!! That is also the legacy the next generation needs to receive from us….evidence of a purpose filled life lived in surrender to Him! Walking this journey with you CPC family!!

  3. Understanding that our sole purpose in life, the reason we were created, is to follow and glorify God puts a new twist on ambition. Our culture would have us believe that pursuing earthly pleasures and satisfying our fleshly desires is fulfilling. Oh, that we would not be deceived. Complete satisfaction will only be found when we fill the God-shaped vacuum of our soul with God. He made us for Himself. My guess is that Simon, Andrew, James, and John recognized Jesus for who He was and in doing so felt the longing in their souls that required they drop everything to follow Him. My prayer today is that I would follow their example and quickly respond when my Jesus calls. Thanks, Chad for today’s admonition!

  4. Great insight Chad….really made me think of my walk, my intentions, my desires. Yes, I want to pursue God,to have Him be the Lord of my life,to fully trust Him and be willing and ready to obey immediately. Yet I must confess that I often go back and pick up my net. I ask that you pray with me that I would let go and let GOD!!!

    * So glad that we are continuing jumpstart….each morning I cannot wait to read God’s Word and then to read your input. Thank you Tim, Todd, Chad, Sam, Zach and Robbie!!!

  5. ? John baptized with water. Later the holy spirit through Jesus in Acts chapter 1. What was the purpose of John’s baptism prior to Jesus dying on the cross? Did those that were baptized prior receive the holy spirit after his death?

    1. Hey Joey. Maybe this will help. This is what the commentary in my Bible said about this- John’s baptism w/ water prepared a person to receive Christ’s message. This baptism demonstrated repentance, humility, and willingness to turn from sin. This was the beginning of the spiritual process. When Jesus baptizes w/ the Holy Spirit, the entire person is transformed by the Spirit’s power. Jesus offers us both forgiveness of sin and the power to live for Him.

      Also, we know that John’s baptism was different from Christian baptism in the church b/c Paul had John’s followers baptized again.(See Acts 19:2-7) Paul was speaking to some of John’s followers & asked them if they had received the Holy Spirit when they believed. They said “no,” that they had never heard of the Holy Spirit. Then Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus. On hearing this, they were baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul placed this hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.”

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