“Get Out of the Boat”

And Peter answered Jesus and said, ‘Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water,’ And Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. Matthew 14:28-29

The disciples headed across the Sea of Galilee by boat in the middle of the night when a sudden storm arose. Fear gripped their hearts when suddenly Jesus came walking on the water toward them. As he drew near the boat, Peter called out to join Jesus on the water. Jesus responded with an invitation, and Peter left the boat walking on the water.

One key principle to take note from this passage is that in order to walk on the water, you have to get out of the boat. Peter would have never walked on the water if he stayed in the boat. He had to get out of the boat. You see, Peter wanted to do more than catch fish. He wanted to do something greater than he could think or imagine. To do something big for God requires a big vision. Of course, walking on the water requires vision and faith to get out of the boat.

When David Livingston was a missionary in Africa, a missionary society sent him this message: “Are there passable roads where you are?” Livingston replied, “I do not want men who will come only if there are passable roads. I want men who will come if there are not roads at all.” In other words, God is looking for men and women who will get out of the boat and move forward toward God’s vision and direction. It is not enough to let someone else blaze the trail; God wants you to be the trailblazer the leader where others have not gone.

The question is where did the vision to walk on water originate? It originated with Jesus. Jesus walked on the water first and Peter saw it with his own eyes. We must recognize God has a vision for our life and what He desires to do in and through us. He is the originator of the vision. Likewise, God has a vision for Life Church for something bigger than we think or imagine. We serve a God who is a big God and has a vision bigger than what we can imagine.

Over the years, I have learned that the size of your vision is determined by the size of your God. How big do you think God is? The issue is not who do you think you are, but who do you think God is? In the vision God has for you, do not limit yourself by saying, “What can I do?” Instead ask yourself, “What can God do in and through me?”

As we read in the passage, Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water. Suddenly the waves became larger. Peter took his eyes off of Jesus and onto the waves, and he suddenly began to sink. When you start looking at the waves instead of Jesus, you will sink every time. There are many distractions that will attempt to cause you to lose focus on the vision. Do not allow fear, complacency, worry, apathy, the enormity of the vision, or any other deterrent keep you from reaching your divine destiny. Remember, Jesus is the author and finisher of your faith. Keep looking to Him, and you will see God’s vision become a reality in your life, family, and church.

As we focus on what God has for our church, we have seen many victories in the past. However, we cannot rest on our victories, but use them to build our faith for even greater things. Rest assured our best days are not behind us; they are ahead of us. As we see God’s promise and vision become a reality this month, let us not limit what we can receive from God by focusing on the waves, but let us focus on God, the giver of the vision. It’s time for us to get out of the boat — our comfort zone and do something great and mighty for God as we continue to change lives for eternity.

Blessings! Pastor Terry & Tina Richardson