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"Walk On Water"

PastorMikeOsthimer1









"So He said, "Come." And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus."



Matthew 14:29



The story goes like this. A lone fisherman came into the boat dock one afternoon with load of fish in an area on the lake where no one was catching anything. The game warden happened to see the abundant catch and inquired as to the type of bait the fisherman was using to catch so many fish. The fisherman invited the warden to join him the following day to which the warden gladly accepted the invitation. At sunrise they headed out to the middle of the lake where the fisherman dropped anchor and proceeded to reach into his tackle box and grab a stick of dynamite and upon lighting it he tossed it overboard into the lake and in just a few seconds the water billowed below the boat and in a matter of minutes fish began floating to the surface where the elated fisherman began gathering them into a net.


The warden sitting across from the man yelled out, "you can't do that, that's against the law" as he reached for his ticket book to begin writing a citation. The fisherman not at all distracted by the reaction of the warden reached into his tackle box grabbing another stick of dynamite and upon lighting it hands it to the game warden and says, "do you want to talk or fish."


That story came to my mind last night as I was listening to our Youth Pastor teach our Men's Bible Study. As Coach, as we affectionately call him, spoke to the men of our church, young and older alike to get involved in ministry, he shared it's the only way we can really know all that goes on in ministry, as it's only when we step out in faith (and get out of the boat) and get involved in the lives of others can we discover all the Lord has for us and for them. 

Mike shared that we really can't fully appreciate ministry to the fullest from the safety within the boat so to speak. Living life to the fullest happens when we become actively involved in ministry and begin to serve others. Until we begin serving others in ministry we are more like "arm chair" quarterbacks watching a sporting event on television from the safety and comfort of our easy chair. There is a huge difference between a spectator and someone who is a participant in the game. Christianity is not a spectator sport. God calls all His children to leave the comfort of our "easy chair" as it were and get out of the boat and get involved by serving in ministry. The apostle Peter himself learned you can't walk on water until you get out of the boat. And we all know the first step is always the most difficult.


Writing for me is one way I get out of the boat and walk towards Jesus. It's not easy for me to do and If you are reading this I need you to know how thankful I am for you and I mean that sincerely. My appreciation for you and why I am so thankful is because my prayer is that the Lord would somehow use the things He places on my heart and mind to write about in this devotional to speak to you and encourage you in your own journey of faith. You are my motivation each time I write, you and the glory of God. Yet, in all honesty I feel more like I am about to drown than I am to walk on water and yet its the voice of Jesus bidding me to "Come" that I step out in faith when I write. 


If you hear the Lord calling you to get out of the boat today I want to encourage you to take that step of faith and as you do learn the lesson from Peter's life and mine. Take it from someone who has almost drowned on numerous occasions and would have if not for the loving hand of our Savior reaching down and pulling me up before I go under. God doesn't call the qualified, He qualifies the called. If Jesus calls you to ministry, and He has, then by all means get out of the boat. You can walk on water as long as you keep your eyes fixed on Jesus. Don't look around at all the reasons why you shouldn't get out of the boat. God's timing is never convenient. Don't second guess yourself when the circumstances of life change from calm to an almost ragging storm. Keep your eyes on Jesus and just keep walking towards Him. What the Lord has called you to, He will see you through! 


You can do all things, loved one! You can do the seemingly impossible today as you walk with Jesus and keep your eyes fixed on Him. But, and there is always a "but" when it comes to experiencing the fullness of life that is ours in Christ Jesus because it always involves a step of faith. To get the most out of life and to become all that the Lord would have us to be, we must first decide to get out of the boat trusting in and relying only on Jesus! Decide, stand up, get out of the boat and step out in faith today. You just might walk on water!


"If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways."



James 1:5-8




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Saturday, 18 August 2018