Mark 3:7-12: On boats and other stuff.
“7 Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the lake, and a large crowd from Galilee followed. 8 When they heard all he was doing, many people came to him from Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, and the regions across the Jordan and around Tyre and Sidon. 9 Because of the crowd he told his disciples to have a small boat ready for him, to keep the people from crowding him. 10 For he had healed many, so that those with diseases were pushing forward to touch him. 11 Whenever the impure spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, ‘You are the Son of God.’ 12 But he gave them strict orders not to tell others about him. ” NIV UK
First of all, a point to ponder from Matthew Henry: ‘Wise men, as much as they can, decline a crowd.’ ‘’Because of the crowd he told his disciples to have a small boat ready for him…’’ (9).
Think of the ‘’boat’’ as being representative of all your possessions, and note:
- What you have can be of use to Jesus;
- Even ‘’small’’ things may be of use to Jesus. We are prone to despise the day of small things. Our perspective is so often different from the Lord’s. Think, for example, of what He did with just five loaves and two fishes placed into His Hands;
- Jesus has the right to tell you what to do with your goods. That is because they are not really yours; they are His;
- Is Jesus Lord of all your stuff? Is everything yielded to Him?
Finally, back to Matthew Henry: ‘What abundance of good he did in his retirement. He did not withdraw to be idle, nor did he send back those who rudely crowded after him when he withdrew, but took it kindly, and gave them what they came for; for he never said to any that sought him diligently, Seek ye me in vain.’’
PRAYER: Thank you Lord that it is true that we will seek you and find you when we seek you with all our hearts.