Summary: inspired by John Ortberg
GET OUT OF THE BOAT.
I used to always think Simon Peter was nuts for getting out of the boat and thinking he could walk on water.
The weather conditions
The physical impossibility of it
Then I realized that is the point of the exercise
God calls us out of our comfort zones to do the impossible
That is so much about what following Christ is about.
What is your boat?
It is whatever represents safety and security to you apart from God.
What ever you put your trust in
My physical impossibility to do this Job.
Yet God calls me out.
FEAR OF FAILURE.
Question who is the failure the guy who sunk or the guy who refused to get out of the boat.
IT”S COMFORTABLE IN THE BOAT.
There may be a storm but it beats risking life.
We live in a comfortable society – it’s no mistake that the best selling chair in NZ is a lazy boy.
Nothing smothers the gospel more than our lazy boy attitude to life.
BUT JESUS IS NOT IN THE BOAT.
If you want to follow Jesus then occasionally you will have to walk on water.
When you step out you will receive the supernatural support,
SUPER NATURAL SUPPORT.
What I do know is that if Jesus tells you to get out of the boat then he will be with you.
This is not some ghost that Simon Peter saw – it is Jesus.
Tendency to sink.
Don’t be surprised if you sink occasionally.
Human nature is to sink; human nature is to take your eyes of Jesus
And suddenly realize what you are doing.
But God can pick you up.
But how will you know if you don’t ever get out of the boat.
I believe that inside of us all is a still small voice calling us to more
Telling us that there is more to life than sitting in a boat
That we were made for more than just a mundane, boring existence
There is something inside of you that say you can do it
You can walk on water
But how will you know until you get out of the boat.