As we read the Gospels we are often thrilled reading about the miracles Jesus performed. But the most powerful thing about the earthly ministry of Jesus was not what he did; it was what he said. A mark of a disciple is an individual who obeys what Jesus said by learning to repent often, while embracing the gospel in their lives every day.
The Gospel of Mark is fast-paced, always moving and completely counter-cultural. The ultimate purpose and theme of Mark’s Gospel is to present and defend Jesus’ universal call to discipleship. Mark returns often to this theme, categorizing his main audience as either followers or opponents of Jesus. Mark presents and supports this call to discipleship by narrating the identity and teaching of Jesus. For Mark, discipleship is essentially a relationship with Jesus, not merely following a certain code of conduct. Fellowship with Jesus marks the heart of the disciple’s life, and this fellowship includes trusting Jesus, confessing him, observing his conduct, following his teaching, and being shaped by a relationship with him. Discipleship also means being prepared to face the kind of rejection that Jesus faced. Do we bear the marks of a disciple?