2021_06_11 Insight Post- Emma Keeton
This week's reading- Mark 13
“But about the day or hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the son, but only the Father.”
The words of Mark chapter 13 are a sobering reminder of our short time on earth. We may see Jesus return in our lifetime, we may not, only the Father knows when the end will be. Our response to Mark chapter 13 could be denial. It's easy to be distracted by a myriad of 'things' and ignore the warnings Jesus gives us. This passage of scripture could also produce anxiety in us, but instead of panic, what if we were to look up and focus on Jesus instead?
I believe that if we turned toward Jesus, we would spend our given time doing the good work God has prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10). Each of us has God given gifts and a skill set to use for the kingdom. These gifts enable us to do things we are not able to do on our own. For instance, I may not be an eloquent speaker, but by the power of the Holy Spirit I can share of God's goodness to me. In effect, we are all in full time ministry. We may not work at a church, but God has placed us where we are without accident.
We also cannot do this work alone. Paul speaks in 1 Corinthians 3 of how we need to do this work together. “The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are coworkers in God's service; you are God's field, God's building.” 1 Corinthians 3:8-9. I can look at a fellow believer and think that their gifting is far superior to mine, but to assume this dismisses how God has made me. We are God's masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10 NLT). The Father made us in his likeness and does not make mistakes. So we can be assured that one of us will plant, another of us will water and each of us are doing the work given to us.
To the glory of God!
“The Lord will keep you from all harm-
he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forever more.”
Prayer Team Lead