In these three little verses, Jesus is all about how to be in relationship with God, flipping societies’ expectations on their head. He says, this ain’t no insiders club – truth, is, its easier if in all the rest of your life you just don’t fit.
Others are always setting the stage, helping with daily tasks, encouraging us, guiding us, to where we need to go. No matter how hard we’ve worked for what we have, we are always building on the work of others.
Guest preacher Scott Agur says that "In this passage, the story is told of Jesus bringing calm and purpose to the disciples on a stormy night on the Sea of Galilee and then leading them to a ministry of love and sharing in the community of Gennesaret."
For us, talking about money is like walking on eggshells. We’ve gotta be very careful. But like in so many other places in the Bible Jesus. According to today’s passage Jesus’ preference is less about tiptoeing over or around our eggshells. His strategy seems to be to stomp them into oblivion.
“What is both Good and New about the Good News is the wild claim that Jesus did not simply tell us that God loves us even in our wickedness and folly and wants us to love each other the same way and to love him too, but that if we will let him, God will actually bring about this unprecedented transformation of our hearts himself." -Frederick Buechner, "Wishful Thinking"
"Truth be told, our own lives are lived between these two cities, whether we know it or not. Our natural instinct is to try to get ahead. To survive, to protect ourselves. To look out for our own well-being, the good of our families, the cohesion of our group. To find comfort, to avoid stress. This survival instinct… well, it helps us survive. It keeps us alive. But is it enough?"