We all know the story about Peter getting out of the boat to walk on the water to Jesus.
He saw the wind and he got scared. He began to sink, So he cried out to Jesus “Lord save me!”
Then Jesus grabs him, pulls him up, and says “You of little faith…why did you doubt?”
I think we can all identify with Peter. But I identify more with the former Peter; the Peter before he takes the risk and steps out of the boat.
I sit on the edge of the boat and watch. I watch as other people take their risks and have faith getting out of the boat to be with Jesus.
See I think that I’m with Jesus, and I think that I’m taking risks, when really I’m just finding something new in the boat to catch my attention.
I’ve always thought that maybe I had my eyes on the waters and I was sinking and just needed to call out for Jesus to save me.
But in all reality, I don’t think I’ve ever even trusted him enough to get out of the boat.
I’ve been waiting to “feel” close to the Lord, but I don’t take the steps to back that desire.
I go through the motions that may make it seem like I am with Jesus out on the water.
But if anybody actually looked hard enough, they would see me back on the boat sticking my toes in the water, testing how cold it will be when I sink.
I need to trust my Lord.
I need to risk everything to be with my Lord.
I need to get out of the boat.