Wednesday 11th December, 2019
Theme: Be Proud Of The Word
Passage: Mark 8:27-38
Success is said to have many relations while failure is always an orphan. Whenever any of such an individual attracts attention and recognition, people naturally identify with him/her.
Jesus was never associated with evil. The Passage under consideration today, shows that some people knew Him to be Elijah, the prophet of fire; others John the Baptist, the forerunner of Jesus or one of the prophets. This depicts that Jesus was very proud of the Word He came to proclaim i.e the Word of redemption/salvation.
It cost Him everything, even His life, to ensure He fulfilled the task. He then advised all Christians to follow His footsteps by not being ashamed of Him, the Word of God, the Gospel. He made it very clear that nothing at all should be compared with eternal life and so we should always and first take the kingdom business as our priority in life. This means that we should daily preach the Word of eternal life to others who are still in the world of sin. Our lives should reflect the perfect will of God in our thinking, meditation, desires and attitudes.
We should boldly stand out for God and for the gospel, the cost notwithstanding. Don’t yield to peer pressure or peer pleasure, public opinion or selfish desires and personal comfort, but to the perfect will of God through the power of the Holy Ghost. As you do that perfect will of God, it shall be well with you today and always in all your life endeavours in Jesus’ name. Amen
MEMORY VERSE: Mark 8:38, “If anyone is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of man will be ashamed of him when He comes in His Father’s glory with the holy angels”.
HYMN: MHB 585 – RISE up, O men of God!
PRAYER: God, I promise to stand out for You alone even in midst of the crowd with the boldness that comes from the power of the Holy Ghost. Never allow me to be put shame in Jesus’ name Amen.