Saturday, December 3, 2011

First Saturday of Advent Daily Devotion

First Saturday of Advent

Reading: Grab you bible and read: Mark 11:27-33


There will always be those who want to control Gods work in Gods people. There will always be those who challenge the work that God is doing. Many of these resisters will be those who believe that they speak in Gods name, and it can be tough to stay faithful to the vision of Gods reign in the face of this opposition. Jesus knew what this felt like, but as he was challenged on the question of authority, he pointed to John. The religious leaders, although they had not taken Johns message to heart, knew what an impact he had, and how strong his following had been, and they could not risk the displeasure of the people. So, they give Jesus a lame answer which entitles Jesus to refuse to answer their question of his own authority. It was a confident Jesus, secure in his message and mission that could do this.

For us the challenge of this story is twofold. Firstly, we need to ask ourselves, like the religious leaders, whether we accept the authority of Johns and Jesus message. This is not just about an intellectual idea that we agree with. Its about how we will orient our lives – will we allow Gods reign to be the defining force for us? Then, secondly, we are challenged to stand along with Jesus in the confidence that Gods reign gives us as we seek to bring Gods grace, peace, love and justice into our world.

Where could you use a little more of Gods confidence as you seek to follow Christ? In what ways can your life embody the message of Gods reign a little more? How can you open your heart to Gods presence today, so that God can inspire and empower you?


Its a scary thing to be asked to follow you, Jesus. Sometimes my love for you brings me into confrontations with others who dont embrace your values, or dont believe in your ways. Sometimes people accuse me of doing things I have no right to, or they claim Im in over my head - and sometimes they may even be right! But, all I want to do is follow you, Jesus, and live out, in my small way, the principles of your reign. Keep me strong and faithful, Jesus, and please let your grace and truth be seen in me. Amen.


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