Today’s Assignment ~ Make sure that you have your prayer journal with you as you complete each day’s reading. You are going to want to keep track of the verses that are resonating with you, as you read.
1. If you have not already done so, answer the questions in this blog-post;
If you have answered them…review your answers prior to reading today’s assignment.
2. Say a prayer asking God to reveal Himself to you through His word.
3. Read Mark 13 – 16 and as you read, highlight verses that are speaking to your heart and reflect on these questions…
- What is the main point of this portion?
- What does God – Father, Son or Holy Spirit – reveal of himself?
- What insight am I given into myself and into my life situation? Is there an example of a warning to heed? A promise to claim?
- What does Christ require of me now, in thought, word or action?
A reflection on today’s reading…
From the NIV Women’s Devotional Bible…
Worship and Witness
Based on Mark 14:1-72
Our Lord Jesus Christ is preeminent one and the head of the church. We worship him because he deserves all of our allegiance and our love. We sing, “He is Lord”: but is he truly Lord? Remember, Jesus is Lord of all, or not Lord at all. It is a contradiction in terms to say that Jesus is Lord of part of my life. He must be Lord of all!
We agree that first things must be first in our lives, but how many of us, if we carefully examined our hearts, would find that often the truly important things in life are last, and the least important things are right up there in first place?
More and more we need to realize that we have been saved for two great purposes in life – the first is to worship, and the second is to witness. If you and I are not a worshipping people, then the witness of our lives will be weak and fruitless. There are two aspects of worship that are vital. The first is the personal quiet place of communion with God. This is where we spend time in praise, adoration and thankfulness for all that God is and for all that our preeminent Lord Jesus has done for us. The second crucial aspect is our public worship, where we join with fellow believers in church and together worship God. Never treat public worship lightly.
Out of worship flows our witness. If Christ is preeminent in our hearts then “the mouth speaks what the heart is full of” (Matthew 12:34). When Christ is Lord of all, the Holy Spirit fills our lives, and we can’t help but overflow in witness (see John 7:38-39).
Dear heavenly Father, you have exalted your Son, Jesus, to be both Lord and Christ. Can I do anything less? I pray that he may have preeminence in every area of my life for his name’s sake. Amen.
– Barbara Hughes
6 “Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 7 The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me. 8 She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. 9 Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.” Mark 14:6-9
How about some questions from today’s reading…
- How did the woman in today’s scripture passage show that Jesus was Lord in her life?
- How did this prove to be a lasting witness to him?
- In what ways can you pour out your love to Jesus today in personal worship? To whom will you then witness about your love for the Lord?
It always amazes me when an idea floats into my head and then proves to be relevant to what I am reading in the Bible. This morning when I woke up a question was on my mind… “Was I created for God to love and honor me or was I created to love and honor God????” When I started reading today’s assignment I just had to worship God for confirming for me that I was indeed created to love and honor Him, through worship.
How lucky was the woman in our scripture today, she was able to worship Jesus, literally, face to face!!! She gave Jesus her very best…it is the way we are supposed to worship Him!
I am not able to anoint Jesus with perfume, but I am able to approach Him each morning with a heart that sincerely wants to serve and honor Him. I am lucky that Jesus is able to anoint me with a sweet fragrance that makes me pleasing in the eyes of God (2 Corinthians 2:15a).