The Secret to a Life of Power (Mark 1:35-39)


Mark 1.35-39In reading of the life and works of Christ, we are too prone to read hastily through lessons ordained by Infinite Wisdom. Nestled amongst the passages of the gospel are finely woven principles that, if cherished and utilized, would mean the greatest blessings.

 “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. And Simon and they that were with him followed after him. And when they had found him, they said unto him, All men seek for thee. And he said unto them, Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also: for therefore came I forth. And he preached in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and cast out devils.”

Christ had power. This power was no ordinary power obtained by monarchs and rulers. This power was a power that could attract and hold large amounts of followers who loved the truth, people who desired to be in the presence of One that spake as never man spake. The life of Christ was a life of power. Nestled in this passage, we may find a most beautiful gem in what appears to the superficial eye an ordinary plot of ground. Before the multitudes came, before He had power to preach, before He had power to heal, before He had power to cast out devils, Christ had to do something. Do you see it now?

This beautiful passage from a beautiful book named The Ministry of Healing puts it this way: “The Saviour’s life on earth was a life of communion with nature and with God. In this communion He revealed for us the secret of a life of power” (White 51). Before Christ had the power from on high, it is written of Him that “in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed”–that is the key to a life of power that we can all obtain.

The same book, above mentioned, beautifully continues: “All who are under the training of God need the quiet hour for communion with their own hearts, with nature, and with God. In them is to be revealed a life that is not in harmony with the world, its customs, or its practices…he who is thus refreshed will be surrounded with an atmosphere of light and peace. He will receive a new endowment of both physical and mental strength. His life will breathe out a fragrance, and will reveal a divine power that will reach men’s hearts” (ibid 58). That quiet time in God’s works, meditating upon His Word, and in prayer, is absolutely necessary if we would have the same power that Christ partook of. I know I do not make use of this secret enough.

May you exploit this secret to a life of power,

Jeffrey Maxwell

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