Let us leave Jesus as He is
Mark 4: 35-41 “That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” 39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. 40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” 41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
Let’s leave Jesus as he is.
They took him just as he was (teaching in the boat) and they sailed across the lake. But they didn’t leave him just as he was (they woke him up almost furiously).
Why? It was the change of their circumstances and their fear.
These 2 elements tempt us to move Jesus from where He is to where we want Him to be. Or where we think we need Him to be.
Faith says whatever you are doing Jesus, wherever you are, I know I am safe just because you are on this boat with me.
I will do what I think I need you to do.
I will be what I think I need you to be.
I can do this because you are here.
You can be quiet.
I am strong in your stillness.