Mark wastes no time with introductions. He gets right to the heart of the matter for people who encounter Jesus. Will you follow him, or not?
It is a sober question and there is really no avoiding it. Although we can say we are Christian, the really test of a Christian declaration of faith is found in whether we are prepared to follow him.
One thing is for certain. Jesus is quite keen on us accepting the invitation. He wants you and me. And he delights in the thought of participating and leading in our lives. Are we prepared to trust him?
Perhaps it is heartening to heart the words of John Wesley from a “Covenant Service” in the 1740’s. Wesley encouraged Christians to renew their commitment to follow Jesus in an annual service–often at the beginning of the year. What is most important–the good news–is that God is graciously present!
“This taking of His yoke upon us means we are heartily content that he appoint us our place and work, and that He alone be our reward. Christ has many services to be done; some are easy, others are difficult; some bring honour, others bring reproach; some are suitable to our natural inclinations and temporal interests, others are contrary to both. In some we may please Christ and please ourselves, in others we can not please Christ except by denying ourselves. Yet the power to do all these things is assuredly given us in Christ, who strengthens us.”
See you Sunday!