OUTLINE: Jesus Walks on Water.
CONTENT: In the midst of a boisterous storm, Jesus walks on the sea, Peter asks Jesus to allow him to
do the same, Jesus complies, while the other disciples remained in the boat.
“Life is either a daring adventure, or it’s nothing at all” –Heller Keller
The life of faith is a life of risk. Many bible personalities were people of faith and were inspiration to all;
to name a few, Moses, Joshua, David, Esther, Elijah, Nehemiah and many other men and women, all
accomplished great things. What have you done lately for God to move and reward your faith? There is
much to be done. Jesus and His disciples encountered a storm on the sea while he walked on water to join
them in the boat. When His disciples saw him walking on water, they became afraid saying it was a spirit,
Jesus immediately spoke to them saying, “It is I, do not be afraid”. Verse 27-29.
Jesus is always in the midst of our storms ready to save us, but we must keep our focus on him, or we will lose our way. Peter tried at Jesus’ call to come, and for a while was walking on water, but got fearful, lost his focus and began to sink. He called on Jesus to save him. Peter and his willingness to trust Jesus is key in this story. In fact, we learn two things from this:
- He Did What No One Else Was Willing To Do
Peter was willing to get out of the boat. As long as you stay in the boat, you might sink, but you will
never walk on water either. The others were too afraid to even try. Only Peter and that is why you
don’t hear about the others in the boat, not a word. Are you stuck in the boat? Anything which
represents comfort to you apart from God is your boat. What is your boat? If you want to please God,
you must get out of the boat, you must do something that no one else is willing to do.
- Jesus Did Not Rebuke Peter
Jesus stretched out his hand and caught him, but questioned his Faith, not scolding him for his faith
which he called “little faith”, not scolding him for being too bold and brash, but for trusting too little. You cannot experience walking on water unless you get out of the boat; you won’t get anywhere stuck in your comfort zone.
THOUGHT: Get Out of the Boat of Complacency.