Monday, January 16th, 2017
Do-Gooders (Part 62)
Walk On Water
Peter said to Him, 'Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.' And He said, 'Come!' And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, 'Lord, save me!' Immediately Jesus stretched out His Hand and took hold of him, and said to him, 'You of little faith, why did you doubt?' When they got into the boat, the wind stopped. And those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying, 'You are certainly God's Son!'
Matthew 14:28-33 (NASB)
Peter was the first disciple of Christ and became the rock of His early church. Even though Peter denied Him three times, even though Peter once spoke for Satan, even though Peter was a sinful man, even though Peter had wrong ideas,* even though Paul called him a hypocrite,** Jesus chose Peter as His #1. Why?***
Jesus picked Peter for many reasons, including his steps outside of the boat. As the only one to walk on water (even though he soon fell because of fear), Peter was His leading stepper-outer. Therein, consider one frank conclusion:
In the Playbook of salvation's Captain, it's better to be bold and make mistakes than to live a tepid or timid life.
'I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My Mouth' (Revelation 3:15-16).****
Actors, models and talent for Christ: By your entrance into media, you walk on entertainment's waters. You soar on the back of a serpent. You move into Satan's greatest field: the one sowed with thorns resembling stars.
As the Hand of Christ kept Peter safe (even when he chose to look around), God will keep you safe in Hollywood. Because when warriors follow Christ, walking on water is now required.
To Be Continued...
* 'Lord, it is good for us to be here: if You will, let us make here three tabernacles...' (Matthew 17:4): 'Do not think Peter's saying, let us make here three tabernacles, &c., proceeded from any pleasure or satisfaction that he had from this glimpse he had of the Divine and excellent glory; for how could this consist with that fear with which Mark saith they were possessed? but that, as Mark saith, he wist not what to say, or, as Luke, not knowing what he said. Which I take to be, as a reasonable, so the best excuse can be made for the errors and weakness discovered in his speech, as if Moses and Elias, or Christ, could have dwelt there, &c.' (Matthew Poole's Commentary on Matthew 17:4)
** Peter's hypocrisy: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Galatians+2%3A11-13&version=NKJV
*** Previous AMTC devotion: Why Peter? http://amtcdevotions.org/why-peter
**** I relate being 'cold' to being an outspoken non-believer. That Jesus would prefer honesty in someone's unbelief (rather than a cultural Christian's surface faith) makes sense--when you consider His abundant Words on the importance of our hearts being fully engaged in Him. Even more, some famous atheists, like C.S. Lewis, Derrick Prince and Lee Strobel, became exceedingly fruitful Christian apologists and missionaries.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Do-Gooders series.