February 15/Mark 3

Verses 1-7 > You gotta love Jesus. In the midst of all the hate that surrounded him Jesus’ focus remained on the needs of people. I love the way he ‘noticed’ the man with the deformed hand. Jesus noticed a guy who probably didn’t get much notice or recognition because he wasn’t one of the beautiful people! He notices us today too. Whatever need we may have nothing takes Jesus’ attention away from noticing us.  His desire is and always will be to heal, to save and to restore. Jesus is full of good deeds. It angers him when he sees no compassion. Jesus is always angry with sin and saddened by the person who continues in that sin.

How do these verses touch your heart? Aren’t you glad Jesus doesn’t lose his focus on you by all the things that ISIS is doing? Doesn’t it bless your heart that Jesus doesn’t spend all of his time going around the world and ‘putting out fires’ so to speak; that he can’t find time for you? Don’t you just love Jesus more that even in a world that seems to hate him he doesn’t fix his focus just on them but that he also has his eye on you?

Jesus says throughout Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, “Follow Me”. He doesn’t want us to lose our focus on the needs of those around us. The ploy of Satan is to cause diversion tactics. That is to get us off our game. To get our focus totally on us or the person that upset us or is upset with us. That way we won’t follow Jesus. We won’t notice the needs around us. We won’t lend a helping hand. We won’t give a prayer. We won’t notice the unnoticeable because all we can see are ourselves and how life isn’t going our way! Are you with me on this?

Jesus asked the people, “Is this a day for doing good deeds or doing evil. Is this a day to save a life or destroy it?” Well what do you think? Should we still do good in the midst of evil? Should we still try to save lives instead of destroying them? This is heady stuff to think about other people even when there are bad feelings all around us. How can I think of helping someone when I just had a fight with my wife? I am just thinking about how wrong she is and how right and hurt I am? I just got dumped by my boyfriend. I got put down on face book. My best friend told people one of my secrets. My boss fired me. I was accused of something I didn’t do. My money has run out and there is still month left. I lost my health insurance. Nobody thanked me when I volunteered my time at the hospital. When I do good for someone else in the midst of my pain I am saying to Jesus, “While I am focusing on someone else I am trusting you to take care of my situation.” He will!

When you think about how hard it is to think of others when you had a miserable day or weren’t appreciated you can really appreciate how Jesus is able to do it. However he expects us as his followers to exhibit his same character. That is why he gave us the Holy Spirit, the same Spirit he had, to help us. Will you ask the Holy Spirit to fill you today? Will you ask him to help you to do good today and not evil. Will you ask him to help you save a life and not destroy it? When you do what Jesus did you will be able to say to yourself, “So that is what God is like.” Now you will begin to really know God!

Mark 3:31–34 (NLT) — 31 Then Jesus’ mother and brothers came to see him. They stood outside and sent word for him to come out and talk with them. 32 There was a crowd sitting around Jesus, and someone said, “Your mother and your brothers are outside asking for you.” 33 Jesus replied, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” 34 Then he looked at those around him and said, “Look, these are my mother and brothers.

The only way we will be identified in heaven as Jesus’ brothers and sisters is by carrying on the family tradition > doing good not evil, saving lives not destroying!

Be Inspired Hilltop!


  1. Mark Gundersen says

    The religious leaders did not answer Jesus’s question about whether is was right to do good or evil on the sabeth but when Jesus did good the religious leaders planned evil. Then they stated that Jesus drove out evil by the power of the devil. Jesus discussed that a divided house will fall and that is not where his power came from. Most worrisome for the religious leaders this is where the unforgivable sin is mentioned. Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is a transgression of the first and second of the ten commandments and the religious leaders also broke the third commandment by plotting against Jesus on the sabeth. As we continue through Mark we will see them break most If not all of the rest of the commandments.