What does someone do with this passage if he has already heard the news of and recognized the Kingdom of God and have repented and believed? What do you do?
What do you do if you have already repented and are already walking the path of the Kingdom? What do you do?
What do you do if you have left behind everything to follow that path? What do you do?
What do you do if you already believe. What if you believe every word? What if you believe it and have taught it all your life? What do you do?
I have been thinking about these two verse for two weeks. What message does Jesus have for a guy like me?
I know my doctrine. I believe the right stuff. I live a clean life. I am a part of a church. I am a part of a small group. What does Jesus say to me?
What is interesting to me is that, though I have all the right answers (just ask me), I am still lost.
My soul is wandering, Even while I am on the path to the Kingdom, my soul is wandering. Maybe it is the arrogant assertion I have done all I need, I am on the right path, and don’t need to repent is the most telling clue as to what Jesus is saying to me.
Perhaps Jesus knows my path.
Perhaps Jesus knows my path is not the path of the Kingdom.
The path of the Kingdom is not one where I wander in the darkness wondering about light, or one where I sit in a tomb waiting for resurrection—the Kingdom of God is light and life and resurrection.
Perhaps Jesus would say something to me like, “The Kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe the gospel.”
It is, gospel. It is good news.
***The next passage : Mark 1:16-20***