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Key Scripture: Matthew 8:23-27
23 And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. 24 And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. 25 And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” 26 And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. 27 And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?” (ESV)
Summary: Our parable today is Mary Poppins Returns. Decades have passed since Mary Poppins first visited the Banks children. Now fully grown, they, along with Michael’s children, find themselves in need of a little help again. What can we learn about our relationship with Christ by considering the truths found in this parable?
Lesson One: If you are going to ask Jesus for help, don’t be so surprised when he does.
In Matthew 8:23-27 the disciples are shocked that Jesus helps them get out of trouble when they were the ones asking for help. God is not stingy and wants to help us in our time of need. The question is whether or not you are ready and willing for him to do so.
Lesson Two: Don’t judge a person by their appearance.
In 1 Samuel 16 we find a bunch of brothers being judged by their appearance. However, the youngest brother who is “just” a shepherd ends up being king. You never know what is going on inside a person and you never know who God is preparing to use to do great things. These folks just might be waiting on a Samuel to encourage them. Who do you know who needs affirmed today?
Lesson Three: When stress brings out the authentic version of ourselves, what do people see?
In Acts 6 Stephen is falsely accused of blasphemy against God and Moses. He could have done or said any number of things. However, his face looked like the face of an angel. Something was going on in Stephen that was evident on his face. God did not rescue him from the stoning but through it all, his face radiated with the grace and peace of God. Life happens and sometimes life is terribly hard. Regardless of what you are going through, you can radiate the presence of Jesus.
Lesson Four: Nothing is impossible with God so never give up!
Matthew 19:26 tells us that nothing is impossible with God. The context is the possibility for God to bring salvation to any person. The reality is that God has the power to do whatever He desires to do in your life. You don’t, and probably won’t, have a Mary Poppins come floating out of the sky with an umbrella to save the day. However, we have a Savior who came down from heaven to make a way for us to have eternal life. Never give up hope because the one who called you is faithful.