It has been ages since I’ve written anything significant, other than journal entries–prayers, really. But, I felt an urgency from the Lord to start writing, to expose truths in my life, to exclaim discoveries about the Lord, to explore the life God has given me, which, to be honest, has been pretty good lately. I often tell my friends that it’s too good; something is bound to go wrong soon enough. However, I’ve been saying it for a while, and God has been helping me stay connected to Him, by no power of my own. When I look at how far the Lord has brought through struggles, sin, attitudes, and desires, I’m amazed at His faithfulness. If it weren’t for Him, I would be hopeless. Much of His faithfulness has been shown through my wife: she’s always there for me, keeping me to the man I want to be. She’s the greatest blessing in my life.
I was reading today in Psalm 53 and Mark 1. I’ve been going through Psalms, 53 was up next, and I felt like I should read through Mark, because it has been 10 years or more since I read through Mark. Some interesting things I discovered that really showed me some things about God, the Father, and Jesus, the Son of God.
In Psalm 53, it says, “God looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God” (Ps. 53:2; NIV). God, the Father, is looking at us, looking at everyone to see if we are looking for him. He wants–no, desperately desires–to find someone who is seeking Him. If you look at it this way, what good father does not want his children to seek him for wisdom, affection, or provision? God is “Our Father” and “Hallowed be [His] name.” But what we see in verse 3 tells us that God did not find anyone who sought after Him: “Everyone has turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.” What the heck? Not a single person is good; myself included.
However, the story doesn’t end here in Psalm 53. When we look forward to Mark 1, we see that God’s search is over. He looks everywhere across the whole earth, and what does He find? Himself, as a man–Jesus. Jesus is the one whom God had been searching for all along. Jesus was the only one “who [understood]” and “who [sought] God.” We know this, because God says this to Jesus: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased” (Mark 1:11; NIV). God makes His claim, “I love You, Son. I am so pleased with You.” (That’s my translation.)
As we continue in Mark 1, Jesus jumps right into the thick of things. (Or so it feels that way, because of Mark’s writing style.) Anyway, Jesus does perform miracles: casts out an evil spirit, heals a sick woman, and cleanses a leper. Furthermore, when He is teaching in the synagogues, the people realize that preaches differently: He preaches with authority. I believe that Jesus was living in the full belief, full trust, and full faith that He was, indeed, the Son of God. When He heard the Father say, “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased,” He believed one hundred percent, not a doubt in His mind. He believed the Father when the Father said that He was loved, that He was the Father’s son, and that the Father was pleased with Him. By holding to the character and title claimed on Him by the Father, Jesus gained authority as the “the Holy One of God” (Mark 1:24). That is why whatever He does from the point of baptism and later, He does with authority as “the Holy One of God,” a pretty awesome title.
So what this means for me, I have been given authority as well. God has called me good, righteous by the blood of Jesus, his adopted son. If I live in these titles, with faith, then I will gain authority over many things, not for my own good, but for the good of the Kingdom. Thus, I need an attitude change, really. I lose focus, lose sight of the titles God has given me. God is the one who gives us the titles and the authority. It’s our job to trust in His word and have faith in the character He has claimed over us.