Get out of the boat
Mark 5:2 “When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an impure spirit came from the tombs to meet him.”
There are times to teach from the boat, to journey on the boat and of course to fish from the boat, but there are definite times to get out of it.
Many rightly know that getting out of the boat is to step out of comfort zones when the boat is going through the storm and there is the opportunity to walk on water. But maybe we need to say we have had enough knowledge being given, we have been on enough pilgrimages and we have also grown our businesses and lives enough. Now is the time to step out of the boat for one reason only and that is to make ourselves available to people.
The shock is who it was who came towards Jesus when he stepped out of the boat. Was it going to be someone from the mixed sub-culture of the Decapolis? Surely that was on Jesus mind to advance the kingdom into those ten cities where the Hellenistic Jews lived? None of those came. However Mark focuses on a man who would be going into the Decapolis as an evangelist after he met with Jesus. One life can be changed by Jesus who can transform a region. But who is this man? He has an impure spirit, he is demon-possessed and he came to Jesus from the tombs. There are still many people who come to the body of Christ from dead places once the Church has got out of the boat.