SISTER MARIAN’S WEB-
The church is a fishing boat sailing along on the sea of life.
I think of this every time I gaze up at the central roof of my local church, which, like many other churches resembles the floor of an upturned boat, We actually call the centre of the building where the congregation sits, the Nave which comes from the Latin navis meaning a ship.
We who sail in her are all called by Jesus to be the crew. He has given us different skills and gifts to be used in the roles to which He has assigned us and where they may be made best use of for the good of all. However there is one role He has given which is common to all and that is to be fishermen and women. Our task is to bring on board others He wants to serve Him who are not yet part of the crew. As Jesus said to Peter and Andrew when He called them,
‘Come be my disciples and I will show you how to fish for people.’ (Matthew 4: 19, (NLB).)
As the crew, we are responsible for the ship’s maintenance. If we do not carry out our allotted roles properly, the whole ship could be in danger. Our actions or lack of them, have consequences not just for ourselves, but everyone else.
Although Jesus has appointed Officers to ensure good order He always keeps an eye on what is going on and expects to be given full reports and to be consulted upon all decisions that are made concerning both the ship and the crew.
It is the duty of us all to maintain our ship for the use of future generations to use in the service of Jesus and God His Father. We are called to bring on board a harvest of believers to present to God our Father to continue our work after us.
The better maintained the stronger the ship will be to survive the storms. It is no good maintaining the structure unless that, which keeps it altogether is of good quality and that structure is ‘Faith’.
Introducing the wrong ingredients can cause the ship to fall apart. The greater care we take of our faith, the stronger and more robust will the church be to hold out against anything that threatens it.
If our ship starts to sink, we cannot desert it, we have to pull together and use all our individual resources and skills to get things back in to good shape. Let us remember that Jesus is a loving and generous owner and all we have to do is to be completely honest and ask for His help and it’s will be given.
We are also called to fill our ships with cargo which is of the fruits of our labours and also also with a harvest of believers to continue our work.for Jesus.
I wonder what is the quality of our harvest is this year, and whom we have brought on board.