This is a special day for me! I was awakened this morning by the love of my life asking me if I wanted to join her on a run. Today is our 15 year wedding anniversary. How could I possibly say “No” to that?!
So we ran.
We were both feeling the effects of day 10 and just took it a little slower than normal. Slow and steady wins the race, right? We ran a celebratory 3.1 miles at an average pace of 10:17. We finished our morning 5k in 34 minutes and 29 seconds. Then we walked and talked back to the house, enjoying the beautiful morning and the company.
In today’s scripture reading we officially finished Matthew and moved right into the gospel of Mark! I love the gospel of Mark! It moves so quickly. I think of it as the “exciting gospel”. No time is wasted by Mark in getting right into the life of Jesus. Perhaps this is because Mark’s gospel was mostly Peter’s account. Peter doesn’t seem like a sit-around-and-shoot-the-breeze kind of guy to me.
Buckle up, because by reading 3 chapters per day we will move through the gospel of Mark quickly. There are only 16 short chapters, but they are packed full of first-hand snippets.
One of my favorite phrases from Jesus is spoken in today’s reading.
…“Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Mark 2:17, ESV)
The truth is that none of us are well when it comes to being right with God on our own. We have all sinned and we have all fallen short of the glory of God. As a result, we all deserve death. The great irony is that only those who realize they are unworthy will become worthy. Only those who look at themselves and recognize that they are not well will run to the Great Physician to be healed.
Those who think they are righteous on their own will never be. Those who humbly approach God, knowing that they are a sinner unworthy of His grace, will receive amazing grace, infinite love, eternal salvation, the righteousness of Christ, and will be called worthy by God Himself.
*5k Every Day in the Month of May 2018 is brought to you by Jeff Polen Music and Vertical Runner of Wooster. If you are joining the fun, don’t forget about the Facebook group, the Strava group, and the printable PDF.