Peter, suddenly bold, said, “Master, if it’s really you, call me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come ahead.” Jumping out of the boat, Peter walked on the water to Jesus. – Matthew 14:28-29 (MSG)
Most preachers give Peter a hard time…
Usually whenever this text is preached, we preach about the importance of keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus.
We say that Peter only sank when he began to look at his circumstances and became distracted.
Peter’s actions are often viewed as a warning.
It is a fact that Jesus told Peter he only sank because he had little faith.
But there is another side to this account…
Peter’s actions should also be an example.
You see if Peter was told that he only had LITTLE faith, the other 11 disciples who stayed in the boat must have had no faith at all.
In Matthew 14:29, it says that once Peter received his word from God, he immediately jumped out on it.
And when he did, Divine ability to walk on water showed up on his behalf only after he made a decision to leave “his boat.”
So what about you??
Whenever God speaks to you, you too will have a “boat” that you will have to leave.
Your boat may be your traditions.
It may be your friends…
Your boat may be a job…
Or a position at work.
And when God speaks, you will either be like the 11 disciples who stayed in their boat or like Peter who stepped out of his. You must remember that
Supernatural power only comes to those who decide to leave their “boat” and step out in faith on what God has said to them.
Sure Peter got cut from the water-walking team that night!
And it’s true that he was the ONLY disciple that sank in that stormy water.
BUT he was also the ONLY disciple to ever walk on that same water.
AND He was the only one of the 12 disciples that God later chose to lead His entire church on the day of Pentecost.
I’m learning the importance of stepping out of the “boats” in my own personal journey.
I believe that you should too.
Your future destiny just may depend on it.