One of our deepest longings as a church is to empower people to see opportunities to be with Jesus; to see Jesus’ invitation to grow in relationship with him as we partner with him. But we also acknowledge that many of us don’t have 20/20 vision quite yet. We still need corrective lenses – we’re still a little blind. How do we break out of blindness then? How do we break away from assumptions that keep us from seeing Jesus in every aspect of our lives? …
God’s going to bring people into our lives, and we should welcome relationships, but we don’t need to cling to the ones that He gives us. Love the people in your community and give them grace, but also know that sometimes the best way to love them is to let them go.
Jesus’ interaction with Peter tells us that dealing with the inevitable uncertainties of life doesn’t always mean getting rid of the thing that’s causing the uncertainty. That might happen – and Jesus does eventually calm the wind – but primarily it’s about moving toward Jesus, remaining with Jesus, even as the wind and the waves of uncertainty thrash around us.
In a time of great uncertainty and transition (Jesus’ death and ascension to heaven), Jesus last advice is not that they should work harder to do several additional things, but instead to remain connected to the most important thing (John 15), Himself. It is not new things we need to add to our list, but clarity about how we should remain the same.