St Mark’s Lenten Meditations From Our Members

Lent Week 5—Monday
Psalm 31 Exod. 4:10-20(21-26)27-31 1 Cor. 14:1-19 Mark 9:30-41
How important is having faith? Do you believe it is impossible to please God without
faith? This reading takes place six months before Jesus was nailed to the cross. The
disciples will take over the ministry of Christ. They will write the New Testament. What Jesus is doing now is training the disciples for when he is no longer with them. “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him. And when he is killed, after three days he will rise.” Mark 9:31. The disciples wanted to be in the kingdom now. They didn’t like all this talk about suffering and humility. This must be hard for them to hear. The disciples had to know Jesus’s death and resurrection were coming in their future. Aren’t you glad God doesn’t tell you what is in your future?  Would we be able to handle ourselves if we really knew what was coming in our future?  Isn’t there more pleasure in knowing God is in control? Faith. 

Now, how important is humility? Can you have faith without humility? Today’s world may look at humility as a weakness while pride can be looked at as a strength. However, the definition of humility is the freedom from pride or arrogance. The disciples, the very foundation of Christ’s word, argue over who will be the greatest. Jesus sat down and said, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.” Mark 9:35. Jesus patiently sat down to be on the same level as the disciples so he could teach and mold them into humble people. Jesus also illustrated humility by holding a child and saying whoever welcomes the child in his name, welcomes not only him, but the one who sent him. Then Jesus showed our interconnection with one another when the disciples want to stop the man who was driving out demons by stating whoever is not against us is for us and that anyone who gives you a cup of water in His Name belongs to Christ. A cup of water, because the little acts of kindness and humility matter. In His Name, because they love God. Humility is an attitude. Humility is coming before the reward. The cross, the ultimate act of humility, is coming before the crown.  We must humble ourselves before we can be rewarded by God. 

And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross! Therefore, God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name.  Philippians 2:8-9

Ellen Erwin

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