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Mark 13

Show me Jesus, Father, and show others the Jesus in me.

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“At that time men will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.  And He will send His angels and gather His elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens.” (v 26-27)

Marana tha!  (Come, Lord Jesus!)  What a Day that will be when You return to take us all home!  In the meantime, You’ve called me to be focused on (1) preaching the gospel to all nations (v 10); (2) standing firm in my faith (v 13); (3) remaining on guard of false prophets (v 21-23, 33); and (4) helping watch for your return (v 33-37).

WORK — Preaching the Gospel to All Nations  (v 10)

Guide me in evaluating how I’m doing with this assignment. You called me to be part of doing this when I became Your child.  You gave me the task of “making disciples of all nations” (Matt 28:18-20).

How am I doing?  What’s Your will for me in this aspect?  How do You want me involved in reaching “all nations” — What kind of direct involvement? … What kind of indirect involvement?  Show me what You desire for me — how You want to use me.  Here am I, send me.

WITNESS — Standing Firm in My Faith (v 13)

“All men will hate you because of Me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.” (NIV)

When my devotion to You is put to the test, fill me with Your strength, stirring my courage to always proclaim “YES, I Believe in Jesus” –no matter what the situation I face.  Make my faith strong, firm and steadfast regardless of what the world about me says or thinks of me.

WISDOM — Remaining on Guard of False Prophets (v 21-23, 33)

“For false christs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and miracles to deceive the elect —  if that were possible.  So be on your guard … Be on your guard!  Be alert! …”

Father, fill me with Your wisdom and discernment.  Make me aware of the schemes of the deceiver.  The more I get to know You, the true Lord of all, the genuine Christ, then the more readily I’ll recognize any kind of counterfeit.

WATCH — Keeping Watch for Your Return (v 32-37)

“No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.  Be on Your guard! Be alert!  You do not know when that time will come … keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back … If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping … Watch!” (NIV)

In every choice I make as I follow You, remind me that I need to be about the work of building Your kingdom with an eye toward the sky … anticipating Your return.  Make me ready … and use me to help others be ready … leading them to know You and to encounter Your grace … or encourage others, who belong to You, to remain faithful and watchful too.  Keep making me just like Jesus as I await the Day I see You face to face.  Amen.

“Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known.  But we know that when He appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.  Everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.”  (1 John 3:2-3 NIV)

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