the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus.

A little tougher eh what? First it was push out the boat, then it was cast your net, then walk on the water. And Peter was obedient. The really tough though one came at the end of Christ’s ministry. It wasn’t on the boat but it was related to the boat.

In the days following the resurrection Peter and some of the fellows had gone back fishing and one night after catching nothing a voice called out from the bank telling them to cast their nets on the other side. Which they did and they caught a ton of fish, more or less.

It was then that Peter recognized Jesus, jumped overboard and swam ashore. If you know the story then you’ll remember how they go through the dialogue where Jesus asked Peter three times if he loved him and three times Peter said he did, and Jesus told him to feed his sheep, which meant; take care of the believers.

Now listen to what Jesus tells Peter in John 21:18-19 The truth is, when you were young, you were able to do as you liked and go wherever you wanted to. But when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and others will direct you and take you where you don’t want to go.” Jesus said this to let him know what kind of death he would die to glorify God. Then Jesus told him, “Follow me.”

Wow, and even more wow was that Peter continued to follow. Now Peter would never have gotten to the position of leader of the early church if he had of disobeyed at any of those points.

How many people have heard of the Peter Principle? It was developed by Laurence Peter, A Canadian, we do that whenever we talk about someone who is even remotely connected to Canada we add, “A Canadian”.

William Shatner, Celine Deone, Alex Trebreck, it doesn’t matter. Accept when we mention Justin Bieber. That was what we call a Tangent. The Peter Principle basically says “An employee within an organization will advance to his or her level of incompetence and remain there.”

Which means of course that you go into the school system as a supply teacher and you do a pretty good job at that so they make you a teacher and you do a great job at that, so you become a vice-principle and you excel at that, and they make you a principle and you really stink as a principle, and there you stay. By the way that example was used because I had to use an example and for no other reason so if you are a teacher or a principle take a deep breath and relax ok?

I have developed the Guptill Principle of Christian Growth that says that “Every believer will continue to grow in their Christian walk to their own personal level of disobedience”

You know what happens you become a Christian and you are so excited and as the Holy Spirit leads in your life you are so willing to obey God. And then you come to an area that you are either unwilling or you think you are unable to obey and you go into rebellion.