Jan 7th 2021 · Day 7
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In Mark 4 we see Jesus instructing His disciples on the subject of the kingdom of God. This is a subject that was central to everything that Jesus taught. In the critical period between the resurrection and the ascension, Acts 1:3 tells us: ‘He presented himself alive to them [the disciples] after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.’ With a limited period to convey and train His disciples, Jesus majors on the kingdom.
In Mark 4, as in many other instances, Jesus is instructing through the use of parables. Here, however, He explains why he uses them (vv. 10-12). It is so that He can instruct those with spiritual understanding. They were a means to enlighten people who could receive revelation and not just information.
Twenty-first century life can be a challenge for followers of Jesus. Temptation and persecution are just two things we face. But we forget that perhaps the biggest challenge is to receive God’s truth as revelation. Why do we make mistakes, fall into sin and error? Often, we know better. Often, we have been taught better. Often, we should do better. The reason is that information doesn’t set us free. Revelation of truth sets us free.
Are we learning information or receiving revelation? Is the kingdom of God, His rule and reign, a mystery to us, or are they constantly guiding and guarding our lives?
Pause and reflect: How has God’s rule and reign in our lives increased in the last twenty-four hours, the last seven days or the last twelve months? This is the acid test as to whether we are learning from Jesus. We never go far wrong when we pray ‘Your kingdom come’ (Luke 11:2).
Alan and his wife Paula have been a part of Victory Church since 2016. They have served in a number of different ministries and locations during that time. They are both also a part of Prayer Centre Wales and share the passion for prayer to return to the heart of the nation.
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