About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, “It’s a ghost!” But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here!” Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.” “Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?” (Matt. 14:25-31)
Peter was exactly where most of us are today. We feel excited about the adventure Jesus has laid out for us. We may even make a few steps out of our boat, but as soon as the wind and the waves hit we freak out and run for cover. Jesus made it clear it was Peter’s doubt that caused him to sink.
What’s your boat today? How is Jesus calling you out of it? Is He’s asking you for a career change, a relationship change, a sacrifice of yourself for the need of another person? Maybe Jesus is asking you to give up a financially secure career for the troubled waters of ministry. Maybe Jesus is asking you to let go of friendship that is keeping you in bondage to sin. Maybe Jesus is asking you to give up your peace of mind so you can fight to rescue a friend who is trapped by addiction.
How are you meeting Jesus’ call today? Are you clinging to the walls of the boat? Are you stepping out by wondering how He’s going to provide your living, your emotional security or your strength?
Ask Jesus today what your boat is. Then ask Him to help you to cast out your doubts so you can walk on water… without sinking.