Stepping Out of the Boat

Matthew 14: 25-31

25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.

27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

29 “Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

This passage of the Gospel is very familiar with most people. But on one of my many morning drives to work with God, he opened my understanding to something quite interesting.

By the time this incident occurred, the apostles had all been with Jesus for sometime. They knew who he was and his mighty power. They were among the very few beings on earth that literally walked with true freedom (that is Christ Jesus).  However, what I’ve come to understand is that they themselves never actually entered into that freedom until this passage.

When Peter realized it was Jesus and asked to step out to join him, Peter was actually stepping into his true Freedom and not just walking with it any longer. True Freedom is putting every ounce of faith you have into Christ. Its focusing intently on him. Its thirsting, craving, an intense longing for Christ that nothing else matters not even the laws of this world. ( physics etc. )

Many of us Christians are like the rest of the apostles, we know of Freedom but have yet to truly experience it. Its scary. Its dangerous. Its down right crazy.

Think about it; if you quit your job today and the Lord put it on your heart to give more than 50% of your savings to an orphanage in some other country and you obey him. Now your jobless and well on your way to being broke and homeless. That’s pretty nuts, right?! People will look at you like you’ve lost your mind. If they knew your plans ahead of time they would try to talk you out of doing both things. Its scary to live in this day and age with no job, no money, and not a clue as to the next step (because God has not revealed that part just yet).  But faith to step out into true freedom is astounding.  But it doesn’t stop there.

Peter then illustrates what we all do… ALL THE TIME! Some start to puff themselves up and others simply take their focus off of Christ and they begin to DROWN! Its says in verse 30- “But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted.” The craziest point about this is that the wind and waves were always there. It’s just that Peter was so focused on Jesus in the beginning that he never realized all the mess around him. It wasn’t until he shifted his focus from Christ to his surrounds, ego, friends, relationship, career, family, society etc. did he begin to sink!

But it gets so much sweeter though. My favorite part verse 31- Jesus IMMEDIATELY reached out and grabbed him..”You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?” Jesus didn’t hesitate even for a second to grab him up and rescue him. Peter didn’t realize when he stepped into Freedom there was a requirement. Most people today like to preach that once you accept Christ. Your good. UMMMMMMMM… HOL’UP THERE’S LEVELS TO THIS! 

Stepping into freedom is one feat to cross but then there is remaining in it. You have to KEEP YOUR EYES ON CHRIST! All the other stuff has always been happening. Nothing new happens under the sun except through Christ Jesus. So your ( our) main job is to remain focus on Jesus. Follow his way! He is the only way! Its not enough to say I’ll break up with this person but still be involved in other sins. You have to step all the way into freedom and keep your eyes fixed on Christ so as not to fall. Now, realize that we are not perfect yet. (As long as we are in the carnal world, we can’t be) but just like Peter shouted “Save me, Lord” we too can do the same! Isn’t that amazing! That makes my heart so happy. At the very moment we realize we have been distracted the thing is to turn back to Jesus and seek help. Just as he did for Peter, the Lord is there ready to immediately rescue us.

Stepping out of the boat of comfort, normal everyday life, routines, customs and traditions is terrifying for most. But God has not given us the spirit of fear but of Power and of Love and of a Sound Mind. (1 Timothy 1:7) So seek the Lord, ask him like Peter did to allow you to step out into true Freedom in him and then …. Keep your eyes on the prize! JESUS CHRIST!

Love ya to Peace,

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