“Immediately He made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side, while He dismissed the crowds. After dismissing the crowds, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Well into the night, He was there alone. Meanwhile, the boat was already some distance from land, battered by the waves, because the wind was against them. Jesus came toward them walking on the sea very early in the morning. When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified. ‘It’s a ghost! ’ they said, and they cried out in fear.
Immediately Jesus spoke to them. ‘Have courage! I AM. Don’t be afraid.’
‘Lord, if it’s you,’ Peter answered him, ‘command me to come to you on the water.’
He said, ‘Come.’
And climbing out of the boat, Peter started walking on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the strength of the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, ‘Lord, save me! ’
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand, caught hold of him, and said to him, ‘You of little faith, why did you doubt?’
When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. Then those in the boat worshiped Him and said, ‘Truly you are the Son of God.’” – Matthew 14:22-33 ESV
I could write so much about all these Scriptures; but for the sake of brevity, I’ve chosen to write about a specific part.
What did the other disciples say to Peter after Jesus told Him, “Come”? I seriously want you to look back at the Scriptures and see what you find. Don’t worry, I’ll wait…
… as far as what we can read in the Holy Spirit-inspired Scriptures, they said nothing. I honestly imagine that most (if not all) of them were staring wide-eyed and open-mouthed at Peter and Jesus. If I was there, knowing what I know about what happens, I would say, “Go, Peter!” or “Peter, get out of the boat!” And you know what? I’d do it with a smile on my face and anticipation in my heart of what I was going to be blessed to see God do.
This might surprise you, but many of us are in the position of either the disciples who remained in the boat or of Peter, the one who was called to go. I’ll speak to both groups of people.
To Peter, you have asked God to give you guidance and He has answered. To you, I say, “Get out of the boat!” Step out onto those waves in faith and don’t you dare take your eyes off Jesus. Every step you take in faith and obedience is a step of advancement for the Kingdom. If those around you are not encouraging you, write these words down as a reminder to yourself and remember that the wind, the waves, and the lightning are all real…but Jesus is greater. Hold your focus; keep your gaze on Him.
Now, to the disciples in fellowship with Peter who has been called to go. Don’t sit there in fear. Speak up! Don’t you know who this Jesus is? If He says, “Come,” how can we say anything except to encourage our brother or sister in Christ and tell them, “Go!” It’s not about you being able to discern the risks or the pros and cons. It’s not about what makes sense. It’s a simple matter of encouraging our brothers and sisters in Christ to live in faithful obedience to our Savior.
So, disciples, Peter, what are you waiting for?
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