Monday, October 1, 2012

Sign of the Times

In Mark 8, Jesus has just performed another miracle and fed 4,000 people with seven loaves and a few fish. This is the second time that He has taken what was available and turned it into enough to benefit the people there to experience Him. The interesting thing is that right after this, the Pharisees come to Him and ask for a miraculous sign of power. He chastises them and tells them that there will be no signs for this generation even though He had just performed a miracle. He obviously didn't contradict Himself or deceive them so there must be some other explanation.

I think what Christ is saying is that the motivation of the person seeking Him is key. If we are simply out for selfish gain then it doesn't matter what happens--no sign/miracle/wondrous event will increase our commitment to Him. It is only when the driving factor behind our search for Christ is simply to know Him more that we can be blessed. Our belief triggers a genuine passion for Christ's deliverance instead of sitting and waiting for God to impress us before we jump in.

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