GETTING OUT OF THE BOAT OF RELIGION, TO WALK ON THE WATER OF FAITH
And Peter answered Him, Lord if it is You, command me to come to You on the water. He said, Come! So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water, and he came toward Jesus. Matthew 14:28-29
I remember reading this story and the impact that it had on my life. At the time I read this passage of scripture I was struggling with my walk with Christ. I was a nominal Christian at best, and I knew it. I knew there was something more for me, but in order to obtain it I had to make some changes. It just so happened I was reading about Peter walking on the water to Jesus and this revelation came to me.
I needed to get out of the boat of traditional Christianity and walk on the water of faith, found in the Word of God. I had to be like Peter and take God at his Word and act on it. This would mean that I would probably walk alone. It would also mean that many others believers wouldn’t understand my actions and try to discourage me. But I was willing to pay the price.
Like Peter there will come a time when we will have to make a choice of either conforming to the norms of society or institution, or take the step of faith to follow the calling of the Lord. I can image the conversation going on in the boat when Peter was getting out of the boat. There were some disciples that were trying to discourage him because they feared for his safety. There were others that were offended by him even thinking that he could walk on the water, like Jesus.
In the book of Isaiah Jesus was described as being a man of many sorrows and grief. I think that these sorrows were the result of being misunderstood and ridiculed by others, even his own family. (Mark 3:21, 6:3). The walk of faith can be a lonely one at times because you are walking down a path where logic and reason has to take a backseat. We as humans have been indoctrinated into an educational system that prides itself on logic and reason. But the things of God are far above logic and reason. (Isaiah 55:8-9).
This world system likes to keep its citizen in the box of conformity because it is easier to contain and control them. They dictate what is in and out, and how you should think and behave. With this comes a sense of comfort that many fear to leave. Unfortunately, this mentality has made its way into the church, robbing it of its power to operate in the supernatural.
What it all comes down to is this, are we willing to trust God and take Him at His Word. Or we satisfied with the safety of mediocrity? Your answer will determine if you stay in the boat, get out and walk on the water.