Has Jesus Gone Mad? Mark 3:20-35 The crowds were growing large and uncontrollable. People were talking. Has Jesus gone mad? His family is in a frenzy because of the stories they’ve heard. He’s been feasting like a glutton (Mark 2:18). His friends are lowlifes and thieves; one of them will certainly betray him (Mark 2:15, […]
If Advent is the alarm clock to Jesus’ return, then all you morning people must be on the right track. But what is an over-sleeper like me supposed to do?
As Jesus watched people take their seats around a table and offered corrective commentary, may he see us bearing witness to the gospel and doing his work joyfully and faithfully and not out of dreadful obligation. May Jesus help and sustain in his work of proclaiming the gospel, administering the sacraments, providing pastoral care, and reaching out to those of special need.
When we cross the line, we can become sources of God’s abundant provision, signs of God’s compassionate presence, and channels of God’s live-giving power. When we cross the line, we might even find new measures of God’s provision, compassion, and power at work in our very own lives.
Rev. Bob Rice is a PC(USA) Mission Co-Worker in the Democratic Republic of Congo, along with his wife Kristi. They visited SIPC as part of our Mission Conference.
We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker. We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs. We are prophets of a future not our own.