I have been reading in the Gospel of Mark. This morning, I read the following:
“And he [Jesus] said to them, ‘Why are you afraid? How is it that you have no faith?” (Mark 4:40 NASU)
In Mark 4:35-41, is the story of Jesus calming the sea. He said to the twelve, “Let us go over to the other side” of the sea of Galilee (Mark 4:35). A storm came up, and it became dangerous. Jesus was asleep and the men were fearful. They woke Him and He calmed the sea but then asked, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” (Mark 4:40). The word here for afraid is “cowardly.”
Brothers and sisters, as men and women called to go to the other side, to take the gospel to the world, are we sometimes guilty of acting cowardly? To be fearful, is almost a daily occurrence for some of us, but do we also act cowardly?
None of us like to raise support, be responsible for funds for ministry, to leave family and friends, work in the heat or cold, but the Savior has called us to the other side, so let us not act cowardly!
Yes, it is fearful to face the task of taking the gospel and compassionate care to the masses. How can we possibly reach 13 million orphans, 160 million street children, 25 million people in Mexico City, make a dent in the needs of the 8 million people in Bogotá, the 15 million in Manila, or restore the lives of children of war in Uganda?
But, in faith, (yes, even a fearful faith), let us not be cowardly! The support needs are overwhelming (it is embarrassing to ask for support), the task seemingly impossible, the waves may be breaking over our little personal and ministry boat (Mark 4:37), and even though it seems as if the Savior is asleep, it is He, the Sovereign Lord of the universe, who has called, commissioned and sent us to row (as difficult and stormy as it may well be) to the other side!
So, dear co-worker in the gospel, do not act cowardly! Write that letter, schedule that meeting, pack your bags, quit your job, sell your house, say your good-byes to your family (Mark 10:29, 30), get in the boat, and row to the other side of the world in faith. Do not be cowardly!