• Pastor Neville McDonald

Stay With The Ship!

In the days of Noah, the ship became a symbol of safety from the storm and as they passed through the water, the symbol of being baptised would later be realised through John the Baptist who came in the spirit of Elijah.

1 Peter 3:20-21 says, "to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built.In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, and this water symbolises baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ,"

The ship many times scripturally refers to the Bible or the church. There is a definite difference between a boat and a ship. This ship represented is not like a cruise liner. On a cruise, the crew works while the passengers passively travel. Mariners in Bible times weren't passengers, they were crew and worked hard to keep the ship afloat, moving towards their destination. They had to work together, unified towards one goal.

For many people when things start to go wrong, the first place they bail out of is the church.

We look in Mark chapter 4 when Jesus decided to move from one side of a great lake to the other. While He sleeps a storm comes up. It gets rough. The disciples are ready to give up in fear and the only thing they can think of is to wake Jesus so that He can work it out. They accuse Him by saying, "Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?" He responds with, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

When we are passively attending church and not taking responsibility for our part, it is easy to blame others when it doesn't seem to be going right. But Jesus reminds us to stir up our faith, get busy with the work that He has called us to and we will see His power flowing through our lives to calm the storm and stand victoriously.

You may have every excuse not to be in church, there are plenty of things that make sense, but when we stay with it, even when it's hard, there is a blessing and a change that comes to our life that we will never see if we give up and leave. When people give up and leave, I've seen many examples of lives ending up shipwrecked, destitute, not knowing what to do or where to turn.

God put us together as a Church for a reason and He put us in churches for covering, fellowSHIP, followSHIP, leaderSHIP, mentorSHIP and relationSHIP.

So stay on the ship and see God move in your life, change you into being more like Him and bless you where you are planted. You will stay safe from the storm and become all that God has called you to be when you stay in the ship.

"See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends,now we are children of God,and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is." 1 John 3:1-2

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