"Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified.
“It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
“Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
There's a great quote I read once which said: "Many people only 'tip-toe' through life ... so they can arrive at death safely!"
I don't know about you, but at the start of this brand new year I've been given, I don't want to get to the end of it and find myself saying, "Was that it?" God's Word doesn't say '(Jesus) came that you might have meetings, and meetings more abundantly'. NO, it says, '/ came that you might have LIFE and LIFE more abundantly'!
MATTHEW 14:22-33 illustrates one of my very favorite stories; Jesus and Peter walking on the water. Just like Peter, many of us have also seen Jesus do some incredible things, even in the lives of others as they stepped out in faith. But in seeing what God can miraculously do through others, has it been enough to get you out of YOUR boat?
Sadly, many of us remain simply spectators and commentators of other people's miracles from the comfort of our own boat without ever experiencing God for themselves. You see, without experiencing God, all you're left with is religion. The thing I love most about Peter is that he realized that even though he had been walking with Jesus and seen many incredible things, there was always FAR MORE to experience! Jesus simply said 'COME'. And what followed was that Peter had to get out of his boat to experience the intentions of God.
What areas in your life is Jesus saying to you 'COME'? I pray that this is the year where everything changes and you experience a whole new level of walking with God.
TARN CROSS // PASTOR
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