“The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law.”
Mark 1:22 NIV
Jesus performed some pretty amazing acts.
It’s one of the most famous stories in scripture.
It shows the character of Jesus just as much if not more than any other passage of scripture.
It’s been depicted in flannel graphs and precious moments Bibles for years.
It’s the story of Jesus calming the storm.
Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later.” Romans 8:18 NLT
In the 1960’s, Stanford did a now famous study where they put kids into a room with a marshmallow or cookie and told them that they could eat the marshmallow or cookie now or wait 15 minutes and receive a larger reward later. The test was to study delayed gratification and its long term result on kids.
In leadership and life, this idea of delayed gratification and sowing now to reap later plays itself out virtually everyday…
It’s these hard choices, these sacrificing the present for a better future decisions, that often distinguish the prosperous from the struggling, the good leaders from the great ones, and the people God uses most from those that miss their call.
Keep being faithful even when it doesn’t seem fruitful.
Invest when it makes more sense to cash in.
Show grace when your first response is to get even.
It’s worth it. Trust me.
When my wife and I first got married, we were unwrapping wedding gifts and came across a gem of a gift. It was one of those things that I really thought at the time had changed my life forever. It would provide warmth, comfort, and fun…..
1 Corinthians 9:24-27 – Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 27 No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.
There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection. Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in cavesand in holes in the ground. [Hebrews 11:35-38]
and you do not have his message in your hearts, because you do not believe me—the one he sent to you. “You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me! Yet you refuse to come to me to receive this life. (John 5:38-40 NLT)
Mark 4:30-32 – And he said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth, yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”
A short post today…
more of a quick little snippet of inspirational thought…
Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it. And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul? [Mark 8:34-38]
Then Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Can I do what only God can do? You meant to hurt me, but God turned your evil into good to save the lives of many people, which is being done.
[Genesis 50:19, 20 NCV]