To Love & To Lead: Staff Discussions

LESSONS FROM THE WATER

Posted on Mar 12, 2019 by Becki Kneeland

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What is it like to desire to “be”  with Jesus?  Many times we confuse it with desire to be “like” Jesus.  I have found in recent days that you can’t be like Jesus if you haven’t been with him.  Over 2000 years ago, on a boat out in the middle of some stormy seas, twelve disciples rocked along until one of the twelve discovered the difference.  Matthew 14 tells the story.  It tells how Jesus requested that the disciples set sail on the sea while he stayed behind to dismiss the crowds. The crowds had been extra-large that day and Jesus and the disciples had fed over 5000 people with fish and loaves.  I imagine everyone was pretty tired.  Sometime in the early morning hours before daylight and after Jesus had spent time praying to the Father he decided to join the disciples on the unsettled sea.  As Jesus walked out to meet them, the disciples were frightened. They did not recognize him as Jesus the son of God.  So he called out to them and told them who He was.  Just by the sound of His voice Peter jumped to his feet and said “Lord if it is you, tell me to come to you on the water.” And with one word Jesus changed Peter’s life forever, He said “Come”.  If you read the rest of the story you know that Peter got out of that boat without hesitation and walked on water toward Jesus. You will also find out that the waves came against Peter and he began to sink and Peter cried out for Jesus to save him.  As we read these words we often focus on Peter’s lack of faith.  We think of this day as a very bad day in the life of Peter the disciple and how disappointed Jesus must have been.  But I want to offer a very different outlook.  I believe this is the day that Peter discovered how important it was to “be“ with Jesus, and I believe Jesus knew that Peter’s desire to be with Him would carry Peter through his later denial of Christ and through his persecution unto death.  Why is this important to us today?  Because that desire to be with Jesus is what motivates us to be in relationship with Him.  It is the key to everything else we do in our Christian walk.  If our goal is to live a life like Christ then we better start spending more quality time being in His presence. You can’t be like someone that you don’t know.   I urge you during this Lenten season, to spend time in prayer, spend time reading His words in the Bible, spend time just glorifying His name.  He is begging you to be in His presence.  He can’t wait to change your life forever.  He is asking you to “Come”.



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