“And Peter answered Him (Jesus) and said, if it be Thou, bid me to COME UNTO THEE on the water” (MATT 14:28).
The more I travel, the more I realize how difficult it is for the average Christian like myself, and more than likely, like you, to leave our comfort zone. To leave the safety and security of the boat – our homes, our churches, and yes, even our country.
Safety and security, comfort and convenience are hard to say goodbye to for most, if not all of us. Think about the 12 disciples of Jesus. In the midst of a turbulent storm, the last thing on their mind was to leave the security of their boat. Yet, Peter was different!
Peter was a RISK-TAKER!
I like what one author wrote:
The boat is safe, secure, and comfortable. On the other hand, the water is rough. The waves are high. The wind is strong. There’s a storm out there. And if you get out of the boat—whatever your boat might happen to be—there’s a good chance you might sink. But if you don’t get out of the boat, there’s a guaranteed certainty that you will never walk on the water. This is an immutable law of nature. If you want to walk on the water, you’ve got to get out of the boat.
Peter wasn’t simply a RISK-TAKER for the sake of taking a RISK. He was a RISK-TAKER for the sake of Jesus.
Peter was far from perfect. No doubt about it. But there was no doubt that Peter loved Jesus. There was not doubt that Peter longed to follow Jesus. There was no doubt in anybody’s mind that Peter wanted to be around Jesus. You see, it wasn’t that Peter had a inner-desire to walk on the water, especially in the midst of a storm. Far from it. Peter simply wanted to be where Jesus was. And, if Jesus is walking on a stormy sea – doing the improbable and the impossible-that’s where Peter wanted to be and what Peter wanted to do!
Nothing will motivate a man or woman to get out of their boat of safety and security more than an intense desire to be closer to Jesus. Walking on water was not Peter’s passion; being closer to Jesus was Peter’s passion!
How about us today?