“Don’t wait for the eternal.”
Weeks before this God had been stirring in my spirit to “lose my right way of thinking” to have supernatural, radical faith that goes beyond the normal. Not to care about what others think about me, to display the works of God through me. To pray for people in public (biggest fear) to witness to people (another fear).
The prayer on the Sermon on the Mount Jesus speaks these words. “In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”
Let’s look at this verse “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” What a powerful statement!
Everyone is entitled to this, not everyone is called to preach or teach, but everyone is called to spread the Gospel. We need to stop making excuses and step out into the waters.
When the disciples were in the boat a great storm began to brew. We all know what happens next. The disciples begin to see Jesus walk on the water and were terrified. Who wouldn’t be terrified? They started to cry out in fear. Immediately Jesus spoke saying “Take heart; It is I. Do not be afraid.” And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. Jesus affirming who He was, the disciples were still skeptical. Seriously? This man whom you’ve seen raise the dead, heal lepers and still your not sure if this is Jesus? Don’t we have this same outlook? We have seen God move and yet we fail to believe that He will bring us through whatever storm we are in, or whatever He has asked us to do. Were not stepping out, were staying in.
This text shows me that:
He will give you opportunities to step out into radical faith.
Where He guides He provides.
He is calling us to go deeper.
Expect the unexpected.
Whatever “fear” you have, let go of it and trust. Think not on worldly terms but an eternal perspective. Peter at first was thinking on his own terms, his right way of thinking. But when Jesus showed up, he chose not to lean on his understanding and step out.