I’ve heard loads of sermons on the story of Jesus walking on water, read the text numerous times and discussed the story in connect groups, but a fresh application of the story hit me the other day. In the story Peter asked if he could come out and give walking on water a try too. The application I’m talking about relates to when Peter took his eyes off Jesus and looked down at the conditions he was actually in – rough seas, winds, deep water! When Peter looked at his actual conditions, he started to sink and needed Jesus to come to the rescue, drag him out and give him a lesson on faith and trust.
Isn’t that such a simple lesson? If only we could keep our eyes focused on Jesus, then we’d be fine. If we could only trust the words from Hebrews 13 that he’ll never leave or forsake us, then surely things would be so much simpler… But that’s rarely the life we lead. More common is that we start sinking and leave it till we’re well over our heads, before asking Jesus for His help.
When I hear this story told, poor old Peter gets the rough end of the stick all too often. Jesus in this passage questions his faith, saying that he must have such little faith, that he started to sink… But wait a minute, when we’re focusing on Peter sinking, I’m thinking of the other 11 who didn’t even have the faith to step out of the boat! I can relate to these guys too. Jesus walking on water was pretty special! I doubt it had even crossed the other 11’s minds that they could give this a go – this was an absolute miracle! Yet Peter, even with his tiny faith, still got his feet wet and got out of the boat like that.
How can you get your feet wet? How can you develop faith in such a way that it takes you to places that you haven’t been to before, or ministries that you didn’t think you were even capable of being involved in, or in serving and loving in such ways that will scare your socks off? I’d rather be the guy who stepped out towards Jesus, who gave it a go. When we put our focus on Jesus, then things work out right, the way they were supposed to. We not only get our feet wet, but if we keep our eyes fixed on Him, we might even get to see things happen, that others can only dream of! That’s the kind of faith focused life I’d like us all to live.