Paul is telling Timothy, in our Scripture reading this morning, he has "fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." (2 Timothy 4:7) In our Gospel reading, Mark 6 starting with verse 14, Jesus name has become so well known Herod has heard of it. This has taken persistence and determination. John the Baptist continued with what God called him to - preparing the way for Jesus - right up until his death (by Herod but that is a story for a different blog). The Disciples have "stayed the course," even gone out "preached that men should repent," "cast out many demons" and "healed." (Mark 6:12 & 13) So, like I said, the Gospel tells us Jesus' name is becoming known.
What about us? As we face our giants, as we follow where God is leading, do we really believe? I know I can question if God really means ME for some of the things God has called me to but it is my ability to actually do what God is asking -- NOT if God is "calling" - that slows me down. It helps to remember, but I don't remember who said it, "God equips the called. God doesn't call the equipped."
So..... Do we really believe it? Can we, like Paul, "fight the good fight, finish the race AND keep the faith"? Can we be determined enough to be persistent? Can we even take the first step, the hardest step, to move forward to what God is calling us to? Can we remember, let alone tell people about it, how God IS with us - like God was with David, Paul, John and the Disciples? Interesting questions to start our week with!