“Come, follow me, and I will send you out to fish for people.” - Mark 1:17
Throughout Jesus’ journeys, he was always seeking those who needed Him the most. Many times this required Him and his disciples to go out of their way. An example of this is in Mark 5 when Jesus and His disciples travel across the Sea of Galilee to rid the demon spirits out of Legion. On the ride over the water became extremely rough and broke over the boat. Of course, Jesus was able to calm the storm and the rest of the trip was smooth sailing (pun intended).
The message that I would like to pull from this story in scripture is the will power that Jesus has to encounter and endure the uncomfortable. There are countless stories in the Bible similar to this where Jesus goes out of his way to be close to someone that needs God in their life. He could have easily remained on the other side of the Galilee with the crowd and continued to speak to mass. But instead, he chose to travel across to the region of the Gerasenes where Legion was and expose Himself and his disciples to discomfort.
I’d like us all to take a second and look into our own lives. What makes you comfortable? Is it a specific setting? Is it a specific time? Is it with a specific group of people? Whatever or wherever it is, I can guarantee it is intriguing to think about. Unfortunately, most times the comfort we find in these places comes with solitary. So I ask this question: How can we remain in proximity with Jesus if we are finding comfort away from everyone else? Especially when we are commanded to love all His children.
I was encouraged by a men's group session last night to write about this message. It resonated with me and I felt called in my own life to ensure I don’t seek the easy way out, but instead to seek the uncomfortable path if it means stepping closer to someone in Christ. We must remain in the proximity of others if we want to make a difference in the Kingdom.
“Be vulnerable. Be dedicated. Be strong.”