Get out of the boat and don’t lose focus


Matthew 14:22-33 says, “Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of Him to the other side, while He dismissed the crowd. After He had dismissed them, He went up on a mountainside by Himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw Him walking on the lake, they were terrified. ‘It’s a ghost,,’ they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: ‘Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.’  ‘Lord, if it’s you,’ Peter replied, ‘tell me to come to you on the water.’ ‘Come,’ he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’ Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. ‘You of little faith, He said, ‘why did you doubt?’ And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, ‘Truly you are the Son of God.’”

How many of us would have stepped out of the boat and went to Jesus?

We have so many opportunities to step out of our comfort zones and walk to Jesus. 

In churches all across America people are attending Sunday morning service.  Most churches have some kind of a prayer time or invitation time at the end of their service. Many times people are being drawn to go forward and pray, but they allow fear to keep them in their seat.  It doesn’t matter where you are or what is going on; you must go to Jesus if He is calling you. This lets Him know that you trust Him no matter the circumstances.

Peter was the only one of the disciples who had the courage to go to Jesus, and when he stepped out of the boat he was able to walk on water. 

Here Peter was, he had stepped out of the boat, and was now walking on water toward Jesus.  But he took his eyes off Jesus for a little bit and he saw that the wind was fierce, so he got scared.  When he allowed the fear to come in, he began to sink.  We are just like Peter, we will step out on faith sometimes, but, when things start to get a little bit uncomfortable we take our eyes of Christ and we start to sink in our troubles.

Never fear, when Peter took his eyes off Jesus and lost focus, Jesus saw what was going on and reached out to pull him up.  We are not perfect people, and we do lose focus from time to time.  But, Jesus will do the same thing for us that He did for Peter. 

We need to start getting out of our comfort zones and taking risks for Christ.  I know it’s scary sometimes to face the unknown, but what a glorious thing it is to step out on faith and realize that Jesus will catch the faithful if they begin to sink. 

So get out of the boat, but make sure you don’t lose focus when you do.

God bless and have a great week in the Lord.

Wade Phillips is senior pastor of Madisonville Christian Fellowship.