February 24/Mark 10

Verse 1 > Once again crowds gathered around him, and as usual he was teaching them. Jesus was always in the teaching mode. Whether you and I like it or not we are always in the teaching mode. Why do I say that? Because people are always watching us. We teach by what we say, what we do, the kind of attitude we have, our facial expressions(rolling our eyes) and sounds other than words that are emitted by our mouths(sighing). We teach by how we spend our money, our time and our energy. All people have to do is watch the choices that we make and they will learn very quickly what is important in our lives, who is important in our lives and who isn’t very important in our lives. Is everyone following me here? Ask your coworkers what they have perceived about you as they have watched you. What do you hope they would say about you? What would people say about you after viewing your face book page for a few weeks? oooh!

Jesus also learns how important he is in our lives by observing all the above mentioned things. What do you think Jesus would say about you if he was asked what he has perceived by watching your lifestyle?

What does how you spend your time say about you? What does how you spend your money say about you? What do the words that come out of your mouth say about your heart?

Matthew 12:34–37 (NLT) — 34 For whatever is in your heart determines what you say. 35 A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. 36 And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak. 37 The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you.”

Keeping this, “we are always teaching in mind”, Verses 2-12 talk about marriage. What would Jesus say about your marriage, or if you are not married, your relationships?

Verses 13-16 > what do children perceive about you? Would they feel important in your eyes? Would they say that they feel valuable when they are around you? Jesus takes marriage seriously. Is this what you are teaching?

Verses 17-31 > What would people say was more important to you in this life than Jesus?

Verses 32-34 > Would Jesus say, “Your killing me by that way you act and speak!”

Verses 35-45 > Would people peg you as a servant?  If people have ever treated you like a servant > unimportant, order you around, or treat you like you don’t exist; does that bother you?

Verses 46-52 > after the blind man was healed it said he followed Jesus. Would you be perceived as a follower of Jesus?

Who would have thought that we all have the same career > Teaching! What do you want to teach people today?

Be Inspired Hilltop!



  1. Mark Gundersen says

    Mark remains a Gospel of actions. Both Jesus’s actions and the disciples actions are featured. This includes what is done and what attitudes are expressed. This whirlwind chapter deals with divorce, status, children and the rich man. The rich man was following the law but still had an emptyness that he wanted to fill. Jesus knew that love of riches was holding him back but unfortunately the man was unwilling to lose that crutch even though he would be laying up treasure in heaven and building a testament of action on earth. If you want a good action to do now consider seeing Risen which looks at the last chapter of the Gospels where most movies focus on the rest of the Gospels.

  2. A very strong and important set of questions, Pastor Dan, worthy of our time to honestly examine and ask ourselves…..maybe even daily until it becomes an automatic check-up! I don’t like knowing I might be ‘teaching’ others things that are far from any value. (sigh) Oops! 🙂