Jesus was constantly dealing with tremendous problems!
• John the Baptist was jealous of Him.
• His own town didn’t believe in Him.
• Peter denied Him.
• Judas betrayed Him.
• The disciples didn’t catch on as quickly as He wanted them to.
• The Jews wanted to stone Him.
• He had massive haters in the community. (Biblical Twitter of His time.)
Jesus was surrounded by hungry masses and somehow it became His responsibility to feed them. Blind men begged Jesus for sight. Demon-possessed psychos chased after Him for deliverance. All the sick, hurting and broken people flocked to Him for help.
How do you build a ministry team out of that? But, when problems presented themselves, Jesus didn’t complain. He improved.
So, if Jesus Christ had to deal with a boat load of problems, what makes us think we’d be immune?
Truthfully, we’re often guilty of creating many of our own bad situations. We allow problem relationships, problem employers and problem financial situations onto our boat.
All those problems are just taking up valuable space and slowing us down. We think everything is fine, for now, because we’re comfortable with them.
We get complacent and don’t want to force any changes to improve our situation, because change is hard!
But, we need to throw some of that dead weight overboard and make room on our boat for Jesus!
Sometimes, a boatload of problems can lead to creative solutions that can change our lives for the better. Jesus told us not to be afraid of a little trouble.
“In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (ESV)