The Christian Public Servant – “get in the boat before Him”

April 19, 2016 – Tuesday

Mark 6:45(a), 46(a), 47(b), 48(a & c) [NIV] Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side … And after he had taken leave of them … the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land … he saw that they were making headway painfully … about the fourth watch of the night he came to them…

Jesus made them get in the boat before Him. He knew they were reluctant to engage in the dangerous conditions ahead. So He made them do it. He didn’t ask their preference. He didn’t take a vote. He didn’t reassure them. He just commanded them, and they obeyed. All so fearful, yet all obeyed.

Has that ever happened to you? Or, are you now entering dangerous conditioners? Do you feel Jesus is making you get in the boat before Him?

What hazardous sea are you facing? Termination from work? Too little income? A poor business decision? A passive-aggressive supervisor? Perhaps you struggle with health issues making your job increasingly taxing. Maybe you have other opportunities but you don’t want to leave the safety of your work’s “shoreline.” Perhaps a ministry calls you out to sea.

Whatever the circumstances, know this: when Jesus makes you get in the boat before Him, consolation comes from knowing He makes you do it. It’s His idea, not yours. It’s His command, not your choice. And He knows the agony and anxiety you are going through.

So you can trust Him or abandon Him. Obey Him or ignore Him.

At work today, will you get in the boat before Him? Or will you not get in at all?

Lord, You watch over me – even when you send me before You. Even when I feel alone and scared. I ask for strength to go into rough seas if that is what You command. I will obey You, Lord, for I know You still watch over me and sometime in the night You will come. In Your name, I pray. Amen.

Chaplain Chris Summers
W.C. Holman Correctional Facility
Alabama Department of Corrections
Atmore, Alabama USA

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