“Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.
Written by: Ian Rock
Early in the Space Race of the 1960s, John F. Kennedy made the declaration that by the end of the decade, the United States would send man to the moon. As exciting as it was, the technology for such an expedition didn’t even fully exist yet. Over the following years, large teams of scientists and engineers worked tirelessly to create the plan and tools necessary to reach the goal.
As technology readied, and after years of tests, it was time to take the first step. The first Apollo mission ended in a catastrophic failure on the launchpad, dealing a heavy blow to the space program. Determined to keep moving forward, adjustments were made and additional missions were planned. The next four manned missions, Apollo 7 through 10, involved either orbiting the earth or the moon, and advanced testing of the equipment. It wasn’t until the 11th mission that man stepped foot on the moon. That “one small step and one giant leap” was the culmination of thousands of hours of work, research, and effort. However, none of it would have happened if steps had not been taken after JFK’s challenge.
In Matthew 14, Jesus invites Peter out onto the water. It was a pretty wild request. No man, other than Jesus, had ever walked on water. There were infinite logical reasons to why it wouldn’t work, but Peter decided to take the step of faith.
When Jesus asks us to follow Him, He isn’t expecting us to go from our couch to the moon in one step. He knows that it will take time and effort to change habits, attitudes, and actions. Like any loving Father, He doesn’t expect us to know how to walk if we’ve never taken a step. Jesus isn’t asking us to instantly perfect ourselves; He’s simply asking us to move.
Thought of the day: What is one step you can take to follow Jesus more closely? What holds you back from taking that step?
Prayer: Jesus, thank You for not leaving me where I am, and always calling me to greater things. Give me the courage to take that first step, and to continue to trust You even when I fall.