Mooring refers to something permanent or fixed to which a ship is secured. It’s what keeps a vessel protected from the perilous waves that could otherwise leave it adrift. The mooring is absolutely essential to the life of any seafaring vessel. Similarly, unless we are moored and fastened to something (Someone) permanent, we, too, will be tossed about, to and fro, in this life.
Engaging in ministry is, at times, a troubling prospect. There’s so much that’s unknown and unpredictable that it is very easy to get distracted or discouraged by the circumstances around you. But, in a very strange way, Jesus endeavors to encourage his apostles for their ministry by reminding them of two of the most significant promises in all of Scripture.
We all know that moment’s coming — that moment in the melodramatic sports drama where the overmatched coach gives his overwhelmed players a much needed shot in the arm and morale booster with a rousing, motivational speech. It’s euphoric, the players are ecstatic, and it seems as though victory is all but guaranteed.