I wasn’t looking forward to my Bible reading this morning because it was the end of the book of Mark. It’s not my favorite book, plus the ending is a cumulation of various endings. But I was pleasantly surprised……
The disciples wouldn’t believe Jesus had risen. Jesus sent them Mary, who saw the empty tomb herself, then He sent two of His followers who met Him on the road. Then, when the disciples remained in their stubborn unbelief, Jesus came before them. “He rebuked them for their stubborn unbelief because they refused to believe those who had seen him…” (v14). He needed them to believe so He could work through them. He needed them to experience the resurrection so they could tell everyone else.
Once they did, and Jesus had ascended into Heaven, they went out “the disciples went everywhere and preached, and the Lord worked through them” (v20). When we choose to listen and obey God can use us- but when we stay behind “locked doors” then He can’t work through us. Sometimes He might come and rebuke us like He did the disciples, but He also might (and has the right) to leave us to our stubbornness.
This new year I don’t want to miss out on what God wants to do through me. I want to experience Him and tell the world, however, and whenever.