Topic: Mark 4:35-41
When we read the story of Jesus calming the waves, there are a lot of things we could focus on, but I'd like to focus on how the disciples responded. After "the wind died down and it was completely calm," Jesus asks the disciples "Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?" The disciples' recorded response tells us something about them: "They were terrified."
These disciples were not supermen. Simon Peter and his brother Andrew were fishermen, while Matthew was a hated tax collector. They were regular people, selected not for their great knowledge of the scriptures, nor for their political acumen or even for their exuberant faith ... mostly because they possessed none of these qualities.
Imagine a company conducting interviews to hire someone for an important job position. Then imagine the company selecting a woefully underqualified person instead of a someone who's much more experienced. Unlike the other applicants, the chosen person didn't have a resume full of impressive achievements. Would you wonder what the HR department was up to?
When we read the gospels, we don't discover disciples who are described in piously unbelievable tones; they are described as authentic (and authentically flawed) human beings. If they were at a job interview, they wouldn't have much previous experience. But Paul notes that "God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong." (1 Corinthians 1:27) And God, able to know the depths of your heart, is more concerned about you than your resume.
God is patient, and God is kind, because God is love. (1 Corinthians 13:4, 1 John 4:16) Whenever you feel inadequate, like you want to ask "Who am I, Lord, to be chosen for this task?" just remember the disciples, terrified on a boat in the middle of the lake. In reality they were always secure because they were with their Lord. Embrace your role as an everyday disciple in your daily journey with Jesus, who is with you always!
How can you be an "everyday disciple" today through your daily activities?