Mark Chapter 1
In Mark chapter 1, we see a very important progression regarding the Christian life.
Before Jesus begins doing anything for His Father in heaven, the Father declares: ‘You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased.’ As one who has received Jesus Christ, do you know that you are loved? Do you know that God is well-pleased with you before you do anything for Him?
Before God can use you for ministry, He will test your trust in Him. The Holy Spirit will lead us into times of testing just as He led Jesus. Until we’re facing our enemy in the face, we don’t know how much we trust in God’s love. We don’t know how much we trust in God’s provision. The enemy is working to get you to believe lies about yourself and about God. We learn that the Holy Spirit will lead us into tests of faith as to whether we believe in what God says about us and Himself.
What situation or person are you avoiding right now? Why do you fear it if you believe in God’s love and provision? Perfect love casts out fear. We must fight to believe what God says about us despite the pain and disbelief people have caused us along the way. The same way that Satan questioned Jesus, and God the Father’s character in turn, so people will be used by Satan to get us to question: ‘You are my beloved child, in You I am well-pleased.’
When the tests and trials of life prove that we truly believe God the Father’s declaration over us is true; we’re ready for ministry.
People become fishers of men because they’re no longer needing to use others to validate themselves. Out of their validation from God, they can give themselves away selflessly as Jesus did.