Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
“Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. (Matt 14:22-23)
I’ve heard this story hundreds of times, but I don’t think I have really grasped the gravity of its implications. Think about it, your safe and secure in your boat, and something grabs your attention in the distance. As you realize Jesus is walking on the water you think to yourself, “I wonder if I can do that with him?” All of a sudden you find yourself speaking out your curiosity, you sense Jesus giving you a challenge, and the next thing you know… your walking on the water just like HIM!
NOTHING is wrong with your boat, but you feel compelled to get out into the water and follow Jesus!
I have been challenged by Jesus many times in my life, and I can’t say that I have been on the water with Jesus before. I’ m normally the disciple still in the boat… safe and sound! I have been following Jesus from a safe distance… safe and sound in my boat with no holes!
Maybe this is… “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” theology?
I also realize there is nothing to be ashamed of for this kind of life, and nothing about the safe and sound environment of your own boat is going to send you into an eternity without Jesus… but something tells me Peter understood something that I long to realize. Peter knew that living a life more abundantly (John 10:10) had something to do with getting out of that boat! I’m beginning to ask and wonder what life is like on the surface of the water with Jesus…
What got Peter out of the boat and into the water, all to follow Jesus? Ponder it, examine it, and then share your thoughts!