September 12

Mark 11-12, Psalm 100

A year or two ago I remembered watching in amazement, the body of a now headless London police officer lying on the street, with the Jihadist holding the bloodied machete in his hands screaming his rants, as many stood around with their I-phones recording it all. Over and over again we see footage in our nation of horrendous acts occurring live, with no one assisting, only recording. This is not new, many remember the murder of Kitty Genovese in Queens, NY in 1964, with 38 witnesses who not only didn't help but didn't even bother to call for assistance. Many see the current political climate where there is a paucity of true caring but no shortage of debating.

In Mark 9:14, we read the story of a father pleading for help for his demon-possessed son but instead we find the scribes and Jesus' disciples disputing rather than assisting. When God is calling us to do something, and when action is needed, we should step forward with the enthusiasm of Isaiah, in Isaiah 6:8, "...Here am I! Send me." In today's reading we see Jesus telling his disciples in Mark 11:2,"...Go into the village opposite you; and as soon as you have entered it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has sat. Loose it and bring it." We read in verse 4, without discussing or debating, the disciples obediently carried out His request. Realize it or not God doesn't really need us. But He has chosen to partner with us to accomplish His Will. He never forces His way, but always respects our free will and our right to choose. How do we enter into His Will and be used by Him, by prayer, His Word, by discipling, by serving, by evangelizing, etc. His Will, will be accomplished with or without our participation, but we will regret those opportunities we chose to miss or debate or procrastinate.

When God places something on our heart we need to act. The book of James speaks much about putting our faith into action. Jesus in Matthew 7:23-24, says, "Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock." God has called us to do much more than we settle for, the only thing that prevents us is ourselves. As we step out in faith, God will give us more and more opportunities.

Messages from Pastor Lloyd Pulley:

Marj Lancaster