We’re halfway there: Mark 8:22-30

Can you think of an example in life where halfway is considered success?  If you go on vacation and only get halfway to the beach is that good enough?  When you are in the checkout line at the grocery store can you leave with the groceries by paying half?  Can you do half your job and still be successful?

No sport awards points for getting halfway.  ‘Getting close’ only counts in horseshoes and nuclear bombs.
Halfway isn't enough in our walk with Jesus either.  In our study of Mark’s gospel, we see how the disciples are gradually beginning to understand Jesus.  They are on a life-long journey of knowing Him, but they’re only halfway there.

In our discussion we talked about how God gives us many opportunities to learn to walk in His will.  Growing in maturity with Jesus is progressive.  He leads us into challenging circumstances and He sustains us through them.  As we walk with Him, we learn to trust Him more.  In this way we progress from ‘faith to faith.’  

Our faith grows progressively and our understanding of Jesus grows progressively.  This is illustrated by the healing of the blind man.  He doesn’t see 100% immediately, there is an intermediate step in his healing where he says people look like “trees.”
Does the blind man instantly see with 20/20 vision?
In the intermediate step does he see more than he has seen before?
Would the blind man have been happy with seeing more than he did before?
Was Jesus satisfied with that?

What about you and the people you know – how do our perceptions differ?  Why are they different?

BTW - The idea of only getting halfway makes me think of a song – maybe you thought of the same one.  Here’s a link to it.  Enjoy!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDK9QqIzhwk