OVERVIEW: Jesus tells a parable, and the religious leaders know Jesus is speaking about them and their actions. Instead of repenting, they continue to reject him. The rest of the chapter includes additional teachings by Jesus that challenge the authority of the religious teachers.
BIG IDEA: Don’t ignore or reject what God wants to do in your life.
KEY VERSE: Mark 12:10–11 (Jesus to religious leaders)
Didn’t you ever read this in the Scriptures? “The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone. This is the Lord’s doing, and it is wonderful to see.”
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
There are many occasions for you to serve, share your faith, worship, spend time with other believers, and go to distant places where people need the gospel message. These are essential and beneficial opportunities. Engaging in these is part of what following me is all about. But don’t fall in love with these activities more than you love me. Don’t reject me for any of those good things. I am the foundation to build your life upon. Fill yourself up with me first, and I will show you how to live a healthy, generous, productive life.
I know you and everything about you. There is no need to avoid me. I am always knocking at the door of your heart. Let me in. Bow before me. Remember that I am the Lord, worthy of honor. Yet I am also your heavenly Father who loves and cares for you. Come to me today. I will not reject you. My arms are open. Receive me as I receive you. Enjoy the freedom of surrendering everything to me.
If you are physically able, take time to get on your knees before God. Pray and surrender your time, your abilities, your resources, and your entire self to him.