Spiritual Journey Through Mark 12

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been focusing on Mark 12 and sharing some thoughts that benefit us in our current situation but also help the next generation too! The greatest of all possessions one can hand off to future generations are the guiding principles taught by Christ Jesus.

Within the post “Kneeling to Pray Gives Strength to Stand” are thoughts on “The Parable of the Tenants”. One lesson from this parable is that if you accept His Son, then God will accept you into an amazing future in which the impossible becomes possible. You will be able to use your individual strengths for the glory of His kingdom. There will be calmness because you will accept your lot in life, focus on what you can do, accept His help, and just be the awesome person you were meant to be.

A great lesson was learned from Jesus as explained in the post “Don’t Get Bitten”. The lesson is to use our common sense when the world wants to bite us with its poisonous venom. To be equipped with wisdom from God’s word to handle those who want to cause harm. The religious and political leaders were trying to bite Jesus with a poison that could kill by asking about paying taxes but His clever answer avoided their plan.

Written about in the post “Correct Wrong Assertions” is a lesson Jesus gives us which is to make sure the questions being asked to us are based on the right premise. If we accept the premise others have, we give credence to their way of thinking which may be way off base. Instead, correct the wrong assertion and explain why the question is meaningless.

Shared in the post “Loving God and Neighbor” is that loving your neighbor is the most important commandment. Love is life and you never fail as long as love is in your heart so desire to learn the principles of Christ, invite Him into your heart to guide your every step, and build a bridge from a place of doom to a place where you flourish and bloom.

A take away from the post “Giving Total Effort” is that the widow was willing to do something that the scribes were not and she produced a positive example that the scribes couldn’t match up to. Many gave large amounts to the temple treasury but their contribution was a small portion of their total wealth. On the other hand, the poor widow gave just two small copper coins worth a few cents but she gave all she had. 

Keep up with my spiritual journey over the next few weeks either through following this blog or the Facebook page I’ve set up at this link: This Day With God – A Spiritual Journey. Let’s share thoughts or ideas about applying our faith in current times.

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Let the Praise of the Lord Ever Be

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. – Matthew 6:19-21

The post “Giving Total Effort” pointed out that the poor widow was willing to do something that the scribes were not and she produced a positive example that the scribes couldn’t match up to. Many gave large amounts to the temple treasury but their contribution was a small portion of their total wealth. On the other hand, the poor widow gave just two small copper coins worth a few cents but she gave all she had. 

Give praise to those that give all they have just as Jesus gave praise to the poor widow who gave two small coins to the temple treasury. We give praise to Jesus today who gave total effort when He died for all on the Cross. As pointed out in the song Ever Be by Aaron Shust, let the praise of the Lord ever be on our lips.

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Giving Total Effort

Jesus was giving total effort to teaching in the temple courts and asked the question to the people in Mark 12:35-44, “Why do the teachers of the law say that the Messiah is the Son of David”? The Jewish opinion about the kingdom was a powerful military empire that ruled over the entire world. They called it the kingdom of David but Jesus explains the question by referring to the Scripture in Psalm 110 which points out that David was not the Messiah but was an ancestor to the eventual Messiah.

Jesus told the people to watch out for the teachers of the law. They looked good on the outside with their wealth, intellect, and elite social gatherings but only gave partial effort. Their effort was mainly to look good on the outside so they appeared to be rich in spirit knowing everything with eloquent speeches and lengthy prayers but on the inside they were poor.

Jesus goes on to point out the total effort of the widow who gave an offering to the temple treasury. Many rich people gave large amounts but their contribution was a small portion of their total wealth. On the other hand, the poor widow gave just two small copper coins worth a few cents but she gave all she had. 

The widow was willing to do something that the scribes were not and she produced a positive example that the scribes couldn’t match up to. She gave total effort by giving all that she had. Let us give total effort today as we pursue eternal assets which are the principles taught by Christ rather than pursuing worldly wealth like the scribes.

This day with You Lord, let our praise ever be on our lips. We live in Your light, trust in Your love, and step ahead in this life with total effort. The principles You teach in Your word never let us down and are essentials for life that are flawless. The provide treasure in heaven wealth worth much more than silver or gold. Amen.

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