Trust Him Completely
Leaving the crowd behind, they took Him along, just as He was, in the boat. There were also other boats with Him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Mark 4:36-37 NIV
If you want to be a disciple of Jesus, then you need to accept Jesus, just as He is!
The disciples got into the boat by faith. I don’t know if they could tell a storm was coming or not. I do know some of them were fishermen. They were accustomed to the ways of the water. I also understand that in this area of the world, sudden furious storms are not uncommon. But, obeying Jesus command, the disciples get into the boat.
Notice the passage says they “took Him along, just as He was”. They didn’t ask Jesus to bring extra oars, or extra buckets to bail water, or even the Farmer’s Almanac to help predict the weather. Instead, they simply took Jesus, just as He was. They trusted Him completely.
Are you trusting Jesus for who He is, or for what you want Him to do for you? Don’t misunderstand, He can do a lot. In fact, He can do all things! But, how many times in our life do we want Jesus, not for who He is, God incarnate, but for what we think we need Him to do? We have a broken heart, and we want Him to fix it. We have an empty checkbook, and we want Him to fill it. We have a health problem, and we want Him to heal it.
Yes, He is fully capable of doing all these things, beyond, as the Bible says, our wildest imagination, but, aren’t there times when we just need to sit at the feet of Jesus? Aren’t there times when we need to worship Jesus just because He is the Christ? Don’t we need to take Him, “just as He is”?
Oh, Jesus, forgive me for when I fail to accept you “just as you are”!