Readings for the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost
Mark 3:20-35; 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1; Genesis 3:8-15
To those of us with poor eyesight, corrective lenses are essential for helping us navigate our way safely through our surroundings. In a similar way, the Bible’s teachings work like a vision prescription for every Christian. They help us to correctly understand and interpret our own life events and see how God’s is at work in our lives, even when our physical eyes can’t perceive it.
Can you spot the true family of Jesus in this week’s Gospel? They aren’t his mother and siblings who are questioning his sanity. They are the people sitting at Jesus’ feet listening and learning from him (Mark 3). Can you see what’s going on behind the scenes of your own present struggles in life? God is using them to prepare you for the “main attraction” – living in His presence forever (2 Cor. 4). Can you identify the glorious Gospel promise that’s hiding in the story of Adam and Eve’s rebellion and shame? It is God’s promise that a descendant of Eve will one day crush the serpent’s head. It’s the first mention of Jesus in all the Bible! (Gen. 3)
Heavenly Father, please give me eyes to see what You are doing in my life this week.