Well I have to start somewhere right? I have to say the service is always..I mean always, awesome.. mmhh it’s just like this treasure trove of surprises and it really never gets old for real. The message was especially refreshing. After going through notes from last Sunday’s sermon, I got to understand it even better..that christianity ain’t just a name you receive after accepting Christ as your saviour..uh uh. You gotta show it..You don’t draw people to Christ by loudly discrediting what they believe, by telling them how wrong or right they are and how right we are, it’s by setting an example, by showing them a light that is so lovely that they want to know the source of it. Pastor Joe gave some examples;
1- by babtism which could be emersion or sprinkling (Go and make disciples of all nations babtizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit) says Matthew 28:19.
2- fast and pray..Mark 1:9-13 got me a little excited and I felt I should share. (Clearly I would have never cut it as a pirate.hehe)
9 At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven: You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased. 12 At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness, 13 and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.
I have read this verse over and over again many times since my childhood but for some reason the last 2 verses of this piece of scripture stood out to me for the first time this time. The Spirit of God led him out into the wilderness to be tested and he was there for 40 days. He was with the wild animals and angels attended him. I liked that last bit. I saw it clearly in my head in the form of the so said mental picture. Jesus had finished the gruelling 40 day stint in the wilderness fasting and praying and he had come out of it worn and weather beat but successful. And right there waiting to tend to him were the angels. I saw them in my head in all their glorious form bow to him and say Master, you have been through quite the annoying (so many days in the wilderness hungry and thirsty with the devil constantly pestering you could not possibly be anything but annoying) ordeal. 辛苦了” I chuckled a little imagining the angels going 辛苦了. But the most important take away was that it warmed me up inside. It is so reassuring to know that when God sends me into some wild situation to weather a storm in order to come out of it stronger and ready for a certain task ahead-as with our Lord, that just like He did for Jesus, He will send His angels to “attend me” at the finish line. That after getting hit from left to right for ”40 days” with “no food or water” and a crazy guy constantly talking my ear off with wild ideas to steer me off the course, that there is relief waiting for me at the finish line with a comforting word and a care package to help me lick my wounds and stand up on my feet again. Just how lovely and boss-like is that? God has me covered through and through. People are on stand-by for me. Such things just make me feel so special and loved. And who doesnt love to feel special and loved? this is just the right way to symbolise your Christianity, get baptised, pray and fast. Lastly, roses are red, violets are blue, somebody loves you, here’s a clue; read John 3:16.
By Grace Mark