HIS Very First Message
“After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. “The time has come,” He said. “The Kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!” Mark 1: 14-15
In the scriptures we find that the very first message that Jesus ever shared publically was some form of “Repent and believe!” To this He added the Kingdom of God is near. To me this means that repentance is a very important core component of our long and short term Spiritual journey. Sure some press this point until it becomes some warped form of perpetual self abasement, but to me the message of Jesus is simple….Turn around! When you are going in the wrong direction in life simply turn and face Jesus again. In my life I have had numerous times when God needed to turn me around and set me in the right direction again. Just what do we need to turn away from? The world system of doing things, which includes religion, divisions, and every form of selfishness and idolatry. We always need to move from man-centric to God-centric. When I am going the way of the world I really want and need for Jesus to just turn me around. And guess what? HE does! When I cooperate with Him in full.
Next we need to believe in Him. Not in some wishy washy way either. No, HE wants us to trust in, cling to, and rely on Him. HE wants for us to surrender our entire being to Him; No rationalization, no bargaining, and no treaties. In other words HE gets all of us with no holding back ANY portion. Without this type of complete belief in our lives we will always be tossed back and forth by the wind and waves that the enemy and life in general throws at us. I am talking totally unconditional surrender. He will take us just as we are, as long as we are willing to BE just who He wants us to BE in the moments, days and years to come.
The message Jesus brought had supreme balance. He said, “Repent and believe!” Problem is that most “churches” out there preach either REPENT, REPENT, REPENT, WORKS, WORKS, WORKS or BELIEVE, BELIEVE, BELIEVE, GRACE, GRACE, GRACE! His Truth in Love is found in the balance and that is exactly where we need to be living each and every day of our lives.
Now concerning the Kingdom of God being near… I know that there are tons of different beliefs out there that try to describe what The Kingdom of God is. The book shelves are full up where it comes to this topic. My slant on this is extremely simple… When The King is near His Kingdom is never far off. Where The King is, His Kingdom is there with Him. Follow Christ alone and you will find The Kingdom of God, both now and until the very end of all days.
Love and ……