What is in your boat?

What is in your boat?  No, I’m not talking about a physical boat.  I’m talking about the boat of your life.  The one that you use for security, safety and comfort.  What are you clinging to?  I read in my devotions today about how we can make things our boat instead of making Christ our boat.  Allowing the things in our life to control us instead of putting Christ first in our lives and making Him our boat.  I don’t know about you, but to me that is a scary thought.  I wouldn’t want to go through life with out my Lord and Savior.  Have we become so placenta or comfortable that we just don’t see what we are doing to our lives?

Read what Jesus says about us making our own boats.  Phil Ware says it well in this one.

Note from Jesus

Dear Friend,

How’s your boat? No, I’m not talking about a literal boat you may or may not own. I’m talking about the things in your life that furnish you security, a sense of safety, identity, order, or purpose.

So let Me ask you again. How’s your boat? Are your investments up or down? Do you own your stuff or does your stuff own you? Has the job or person you trusted for security let you down? Are you working madly to keep your body and your appearance looking young and vibrant while fearing that aging is stealing away your identity and usefulness? Is your family all that you hoped it would be? Have your achievements brought you joy and a sense of fulfillment or do you feel as if you have to accomplish more to be significant?

Your boat is whatever you have used as your sense of safety, security, identity, order, or purpose. So how’s your boat?

Here’s the truth. Sooner or later, something much bigger than you, something you can’t control, is going to rock your boat! So what are you going to do then? How are you going to face the raging storms of life if you are depending on a fragile and temporal boat?

Today’s verses speak directly to one of life’s harshest truths: no mortal can protect or even navigate his or her boat in the face of life’s raging realities. Many who claim to follow Me have had Me along as a sleeping passenger, a mere mascot, someone to talk to through some of the minor squalls of life when they needed something fixed. They never really have given Me control of their boat. They’ve never handed Me control of the sails. Then when life’s storms hit, they want to know why I’ve let the troubles of life threaten them.

So when the next storm hits and rocks your boat and scares you down to the depths of your soul, what are you going to do? I hope it will be this. I hope you will wake Me from being your sleeping mascot. I hope you will ask Me for help. And most of all, I hope when it is all done, you will ask the questions My disciples did when the storm rocked their boat:

Who is this man? How can He command wind and water so they do what He says?

Then, I hope you will make Me your boat and not just your mascot! Better yet, why not make Me your boat, your Master, your Lord, today… before the next storm hits and the waves pound and the wind blows?

Verses to Live

As you read today’s verses, ask yourself, “What is my boat?” Answer as honestly as you can. Then invite Me to be more than your passenger or your mascot; ask Me to be your Boat — to provide you security, direction, and your future.

Picture this:

One day Jesus and His disciples get into a boat.

Jesus:

Let’s cross the lake.

So they push off from shore and begin sailing to the far side. As they progress across the lake, Jesus falls sound asleep. Soon a raging storm blows in. The waves wash over the sides of the boat, and the boat starts filling up with water. Every second the situation becomes more dangerous.

The disciples shake Jesus and wake Him.

Disciples (shouting):

Master! Master! We’re all going to die!

Jesus wakes up and tells the wind to stop whipping them around, and He tells the furious waves to calm down. They do just that. Then Jesus turns to the disciples.

Jesus:

What happened to your faith?

The disciples had been terrified during the storm, but now they’re afraid in another way. They turn to each other and start whispering, chattering, and wondering.

Disciples:

Who is this man? How can He command wind and water so they do what He says?

(Luke 8:22-25)

Response in Prayer

Lord Jesus, forgive me for making other things in my life my basis of security. I want You to be Lord of my life and the basis of my security. Please help me as I make You my Boat! Amen.

This has me thinking about my life.  What about you?  Are you doing the same thing or are you totally committed to Christ and letting Him lead and take control over your life?  I’m going to work on allowing Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior lead and take control over my life more.  Instead of waiting for a storm to it.

How about you?  Care to join me?  What are your thoughts?  It would be interesting to know.

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