Walking On Water
It is the one thing that I really want to do. More than hiking up Pikes Peak or Sky Diving. More than traveling to a foreign land. I want to be able to WALK ON WATER! Yet I know that I will never physically be able to walk on water.
Jesus, the Son of God was able to walk on water, Matthew 14. He would allow one person to also do it: the apostle Peter, Matthew 14:21-33. This miraculous feat will never be duplicated. I don’t know how long or how far the apostle Peter walked on water, but I know this: HE DID! Those steps that Peter took were far greater and more significant than Neil Armstrong walking on the moon.
People laugh at others who jump out of a perfectly good plane! Peter would hop out of a perfectly good boat! I really want to be like Peter. In many ways I already am.
- I can be impulsive like Peter.
- At times I feel like hurting someone like Peter did.
- I can be a hypocrite as well as Peter was.
But I really want to be like Peter when he asked Jesus, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” That was an amazing request. It was a request that the other disciples (James, John, Andrew, Matthew, etc.) who were in the boat didn’t make. But Peter did. Despite all of his flaws he had the courage to speak those words. Then he had the faith to get out of the boat and begin to walk on water. WHAT!!! Amazing.
There are so many questions I have.
- What was Peter thinking when he flipped his legs out of the boat?
- How much adrenaline was coursing through his veins?
- How big were his eyes as he took that first step?
- How much louder did the sound of the wind and waves become? Or did all the sound suddenly stop (at least in the mind of Peter) because he was so focused on Christ?
- How did the water feel on the soles of Peter’s feet?
- How far did he go?
I don’t have all of the answers, but I know Peter walked on water? How did all of this happen?
- He knew the FACTS about Jesus. He knew that Jesus had the POWER to allow him to walk on water. He had seen Jesus heal his mother-in-law, Mark 1. He SAW Jesus walking on WATER. No man can do that. But Jesus could because He was God in the flesh.
- He had FAITH. Peter had faith to ask Jesus permission to walk on water. He had the faith to get out of the boat. He had the faith to take that first step.
- He was FOCUSED on Christ. As long as Peter focused on Christ, he was able to do the unthinkable. As soon as he took his focus off of Jesus, he began to sink.
I know that I will not be able to physically WALK ON WATER, but I believe as a Christian that I need to have a WALK ON WATER mindset. I need to have the courage to get out of the boat and do great things for the Lord. I need to be so focused on Christ, that nothing will get in my way of accomplishing His will. Do you agree? But if this is going to happen for me and for you, we will need to…
- Know the FACTS about Jesus. We need to carefully study and consider the miracles of Jesus. They really did happen. These miracles are not fictitious (read Luke 1:1-4). THEY HAPPENED! They demonstrated the POWER of Christ. They are not to be compared to the make believe powers of the Avengers or other comic book characters. Jesus truly had the power to walk on water, turn water into wine, cast out demons, heal the sick, raise the dead, and raise Himself from the grave.
- Have FAITH. It’s not enough to know these facts and then not believe them. I must believe. We must believe, John 20:30-31. Do you believe? If you do then have the courage to get of out the boat and walk on water. Be courageous for your KING.
We will need this mentally when it comes to…
- Becoming Fishermen For God: This will require a walking on water mentality. Be bold and share the gospel, 1 Thessalonians 1:6-8; Acts 18:9-10.
- Facing Fierce Storms: We will face many challenges. But with Christ on our side all things are possible. Jesus is with us even when no one else is. Be courageous and have a WALK ON WATER mindset, 2 Timothy 4:16-18.
- Facing The Future: I’m not just talking about tomorrow or 2018. I’m talking about facing the fact that one day we will die, Hebrews 9:27. We don’t have to face this reality with fear and trembling, but rather with great confidence. But it will require that we know the facts about Christ, His promises, and His power. We will have to truly believe.
I will never be able to physically walk on water. Don’t try it! You will sink! But God will allow me to experience something far greater one day: TO LIVE FOREVER. That is what I want to experience. To be in heaven with Jesus for ETERNITY. That will be far greater than WALKING ON WATER.
Don’t you agree?