True faith ALWAYS involves risk! It’s never comfortable, easy, or convenient. It isn’t measured by what we maintain, but rather by what we are willing to risk for Jesus.
22 And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. 23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. 24 But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. 25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. 27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. 28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. 29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
We like to envision a faith that’s neatly wrapped up like a little lamb in the arms Jesus. No danger, nothing uncomfortable, and never a struggle. We would be thrilled if our journey here resembled a leisurely boat ride surrounded by Disney characters singing “It’s A Small World After All”.
Truth is, our earthly life for now is still a matter of trust and obedience. It’s not free from danger or free of the possibility of sinking down into the storms of life.
Most people, upon reading the Bible passage above, take to criticizing Peter for sinking (which admittedly I’ve been guilty of as well). Very few turn to examine the faithless group of shivering disciples left in the boat. If anyone deserves closer scrutiny it would be them, but why? Isn’t Peter the one who sank? Yes, but they chose to sit – Peter walked!
ELEVEN PLASTERED POSTERIORS!
For every one that escapes the mediocrity of the crowd and attempts something for Christ, there’s eleven others with their posteriors plastered to the planks of their little flotation device.
We tend to spend more energy rewarding those who play it safe than those who risked something. We shout out accolades upon those who never compromised and never “lost out”. While I’m certainly not advocating a sloppy, half-hearted faith, there’s more that’s expected of us. Truth is:
I DIDN’T SEE YOU GET OUT OF THE BOAT!
You can stay behind and be safe, or you can walk on water and risk sinking. We like to sit back, turn our noses up, and pass judgment on those who only made it a few steps on the water. Tell me again how many steps you’ve taken upon the raging ocean?
JUST SAY THE WORD!
That was Peter’s response to seeing Jesus walking on the water (ok, his exact words were, “just bid me come”, but you get the picture.) “Say the word Jesus and I’ll give it a shot!” It really comes down to OBEDIENCE. Jesus is calling us to risk something for His name, but we cannot accomplish that in the safety of the boat.
JUST ONE WORD!
“Come.” That’s it. This one word from Jesus was all Peter needed to hear. If Jesus was in it – he was stepping out. That’s still The Lord’s word to you today – “come.”
17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
What are you willing to risk for eternity? Are you willing to leave mediocrity and the eleven cowards behind? You might even sink for a moment, but you’ll always know what it feels like to walk on the water!
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