Watch Out for Boat People

Watch Out for Boat People

 

Matthew 14:25-33 (ESV)  ~ “And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, 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. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.””

 

The other disciples were content to simply watch Peter. Some people like to watch life happen; others make it happen. Peter said, “Command me.” He didn’t say, “Command Andrew,” “Tell James,” or “Tell John.” Walking on water is a matter of taking a step of faith for yourself. It’s just you and Jesus.

 

What was the difference between Peter and the others? And why are we sometimes like them, content to stay in the boat? So many people are spectators in the game of life, not players. Why do we like to stay in the boat?

 

Now, to be sure, we all have a different tolerance for risk taking.

  1. Fear of failure ~ “What if I drown … face risks or danger … fail and suffer embarrassment?” Lack of confidence keeps us in the boat.
  2. Hurt from the past. ~ Past hurts from relationships can keep us in the boat. Love is a risk. Love can hurt. We tend to draw up into a protective shell like a turtle when we get hurt. We don’t want to get out of the boat and try again lest we get hurt.
  3. Bad news ~ There are some people who thrive on giving us bad news. This breed fears. They say, “I already tried that before and it didn’t work.” Bitter, angry, and discouraged people tell the tales of woe, and we get caught up in the bad news. Then we become paranoid that all those bad things will happen to us.

 

Boat People Say:                                                              Jesus says:

Stay where you are…………………………………………………… Come to Me!

You’ll never make it………………………………………………….. Come to Me!

Your dreams are too big………………………………………….. Come to Me!

If you try you might fail…………………………………………… Come to Me!

You’re going to get hurt like I did…………………………. Come to Me!

You can’t trust others………………………………………………. Come to Me!

 

We will look later at ….

Take the Risk and Use the Faith You Have

When You Start to Sink, Refocus Your Faith
 
 
Pastor Andy Lambert
{pastorandy@cvcog.church}

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