Peter seems like he would be the most unlikely candidate to be a disciple. Of course that could be the very reason why Jesus picked him. He was confessing Jesus as the Messiah one minute only to be rebuked by Jesus next when he was told “Satan to get behind me.” His passionate temper would put him at odds at times with the Apostle Paul. Yet he would be the rock that would become the foundation for the church. (Matthew 16:18)
Preachers love to preach the “you of little faith” when Peter tried to walk on the water. The disciples were in their boat crossing a lake when a strong wind came up against them. They looked out and they saw what they thought was a ghost walking on the water. When they found it was Jesus, Peter asked if he could come to him. Jesus told Peter to come and Peter without hesitation climbed out onto the water. He was doing great at first but then he took his eyes of Jesus and focused on the waves and down he went. Jesus reached out and brought him back up. Matthew 14:25-31
Peter may have doubted but at least he got out of the boat!! (Tweet This)
Jesus has died on the cross and came back to life but Jesus was no longer walking around with them every day. Peter and some of the disciples were at a loss of what to do so they went back to what they knew. They went fishing. (John 21:3-14)
All night their nets came up empty so when morning came they headed back in. A man stood on the shore who encouraged them to cast their net onto the other side. Immediately the net was full of fish, and instantly Peter knew it was Jesus. (He had seen this scenario before – Luke 5:3-5) He quickly wrapped his outer garment around himself (and perhaps remembering his previous attempt at water walking) and he plunged head first into the water and swam some 100 yards to shore. Nothing was going to keep him from Jesus.
Peter the rock:
- Bound his outer garment – To me this represents his own desires his own agendas. He bound it to keep it from getting in his way.
- He plunged in – Peter did not let his past hinder him (Not his previous lack of faith or the fact that he had denied Jesus 3 times the night before he was crucified)
You can’t sort of plunge in; it is all or nothing. Jesus is calling us to a life where we plunge in all the way. We can’t live the full life Jesus has for us sitting in the boat. (Tweet This)
We need to keep our own agendas in check so they don’t become a hindrance between us and Jesus. (Tweet This)
It is time to get out of the boat and plunge headfirst into the life Jesus has called us too. (Tweet This)
Your voice is important; I would love to hear from you.
How will you plunge in?
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