Get out of the boat.

July 11, 2014

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Faith.

The thing we claim to base our lives on and around.

The term that is so loosely thrown around, we have no real absolute definition for what it means anymore.

The definition that is often impacted, changed and constantly manipulated based on our individual circumstances and life experiences.

We throw it out there-  casually – as if our ability to have faith in a situation is as easy to put on and off as a raincoat.

We have become so used to hearing it, that we forget the responsibility that comes with it.

When I think of faith in the Bible, I always think of the story of Peter and when he walked on water.

I think we often forget how the sequence of events went in this story.

“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” 

 “Come,” Jesus said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water

and came toward Jesus.”  –Matthew 14:28-29

Do you see?

Peter believed that it was Jesus walking towards them.

He trusted that it was Jesus, even when others doubted.

Peter had faith.

But it was not then that the miracle happened.

It was after Peter stepped OUT of the boat and ONTO the water that he performed a miracle incomprehensible to man.

What had to happen?

Peter had to step out of his comfort zone, out of the norm and into what Jesus was calling Him to.

The foreign became familiar to Peter because of the presence of Jesus.

That’s what faith does.

When activated, it transforms our perspective. What used to be impossible becomes possible and what we used to run from, we run towards!

I think in our own lives, we are notorious for wanting to walk on the water without getting out of the boat.

Don’t you think that’s a little…insane?!

Yet we do it ALL the time.

And I think so often Jesus is desperately yearning for us to realize that all we need to do is step out onto the waves, onto the water, into the unknown and leave our safe harbor!

For the boat was comfortable and nice and prepared and stable but the true miracles lies in the waves we must jump into once the boat takes us to our destination.

Can I tell you something?

You were not called to stay in the boat.

You were not called to stay comfortable.

You were not made to remain in your safety zone.

You were made to make waves.

To leave the shoreline.

To abandon your familiar and jump into the foreign because you have FAITH that your Savior is there holding your hand, wading through the seas with you.

And be prepared for the foreign to sometimes be scary.

Jesus promises to rescue His children, He doesn’t promise that the storms will not come.

So, as I challenge myself to do the same, I want to encourage you to not just memorize verses about, post instagram picturs about or talk about the faith you claim you have.

I challenge you to act on it and make it your life story.

Jesus is saying to you, “Come.”

Will you listen?

Despite your fears, your doubts, your limits, your insecurities, the voices of discouragement that you hear, no matter what—will you come?

If you want to experience the miracles in your life, you are going to have to be willing to act on the faith that you say you have.

LIVE in a way that shows others that you know, that you trust and that you have unwavering faith in the God who calms the seas.

Love you, friends!

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.” – Deuteronomy 31:6





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