Monday, November 30, 2009

If You Shall Take a Step..

"You of little faith, why did you doubt?" Matthew 14:31

Jesus charges these words to the passionate disciple Peter when Peter tries to walk on water. The issue lies not with Peter's physical capibility to walk on the water because Jesus had already given him the ability, this deals Peter's faith in that Jesus would carry him through and allow him to walk.

As men we are charged with from the Lord to "walk on water" or to do the things that the Lord wants us to do, yet we fall in this category because we are scared of the outcome. We are scared of the danger of "drowing" or failing, or getting laughed at by others. We often don't stand up and truly walk because sometimes our faith in Christ is lacking and we don't truly believe he will bring us through to the end.

Or are we just too comfortable on the boat? Are we too comfortable with our own surroundings? Many times I find myself enjoying things that have no eternal value and have nothing to do with the advancement of Christ. I constantly need to be "realigned" (as Oswald Chambers put it," or put back into the footing of a fully devoted Christ follower.

"Matthew 14:27: "Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid."
In Gladiator, do we ever see Maximus wimp out and run to the corner and hide from the lions?No we see him courageously in battle standing up for what he believes in, slaying anything that comes near him. Christ calls us to be warriors on the field of battle, so stand up and fight for the truth that has set us free, the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And when the stormy waters come around, don't be afraid to get out of the boat and walk on the water, for in Him all things are possible. (phil 4:13)

Lets walk on water courageously friends!