Get Out Of The Boat

Attended the first night of Grover Church of Christ’s Preaching Rally. Brother Derek Stump brought the message and really challenged us. He mentioned two times where the Bible says Jesus was amazed. Once was when the folks in his hometown of Nazareth rejected him. He wasn’t able to do a lot of miracles there because they lacked faith. The other was when the Roman centurion came to him and asked for his servant to be healed. Jesus said that he hadn’t seen that kind of faith in all of Israel.

Brother Stump also shared the account of when Jesus came walking out on the water in the middle of a storm and his apostles were amazed. They had seen all the things he had done and were still struggling with understanding who he was. Peter was the only one who stood up and said anything. It’s true that Peter had a habit of opening his mouth and inserting his foot, but he is also the one who was given the keys to the kingdom. He is the one credited with preaching that first gospel sermon on Pentecost. Peter is the only one who got out of the boat.

So many times we sit back and we laugh and ridicule those who are stepping out in faith. I wonder what the other apostles were thinking when Peter jumped out and started walking on water? Do you reckon they were taking bets to see how fast he would sink? Do you think they nudged each other when he did? Probably so. We do the same kind of thing when others act out in radical faith. We sit back and shake our heads and if they fail we nudge one another and go, “I knew that would happen.”

I bet some of the other apostles may have actually snickered when Peter sank and cried out to Jesus. They probably laughed under their breath when Jesus rebuked Peter. We probably do the same thing today when others do the unthinkable. However, we have to remember one thing.

Peter is the only one who got out of the boat. Are we going to sit back and watch others or are we going to get out of our comfort zones? Jesus is walking on the water and he’s calling out to us. His message is simple. Get out of the boat.

Grace and peace

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