Lessons from the Gospel of Mark
Failure to understand was due to the cause which always makes men fail
to understand – they clung to their way and refused to see God’s way.
Every human situation is delicate for the Christian because his conduct,
his words, his ability or inability to cope with the demands of life are used
as a yardstick, not only to judge him, but to judge Jesus Christ.
To approach anything in the spirit of hopelessness is to make it hopeless;
to approach anything in the spirit of faith is to make it a possibility.
It sometimes happens that people get less than they hoped for from a
church or from some servant of the church. When that happens they
ought to press beyond the church to the Master of the church, beyond the
servant of Christ to Christ himself.
The church may at times disappoint us. But when we battle our way face
to face with Jesus Christ, he never disappoints us.
Whatever gifts God has given us, we lose them when we use them for
ourselves. We keep them when we enrich them by continual contact with
the God who gave them.
We know the glory of accepting the Christian message and the tragedy of
rejecting it, but many of us are just as far off as ever we were from giving
it our full allegiance and moulding our lives to fit it.
If we took everything and set it in the sight of Jesus it would make all the
difference in the world.