The disciples had just seen Jesus feed five thousand men, not including women in children, with just five loaves and two fishes, but now Jesus had retired to a quiet place to spend some time praying. About three in the morning He looks down and sees their boat being torn apart by the wind and the waves. He comes to them on the water and they are terrified and think that He is a ghost. Peter though takes a leap of faith.
Well I’ve jumped. I’ve trusted that God will catch me but now what? So many things have been just popping up trying to steal this peace I’ve received about school and next steps. This morning though I truly realized what it means to walk on water while holding a mustard seed.
“Lord, if it’s You,” Peter answered Him, “command me to come to You on the water.”
“Come!” He said.
And climbing out of the boat, Peter started walking on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the strength of the wind,he was afraid. And beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus reached out His hand, caught hold of him, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. Then those in the boat worshiped Him and said, “Truly You are the Son of God!”(Matthew 14:28-32)
So Peter decides to get out of the boat and come walking to Jesus on the water, going against all rationality. He keeps his eyes on Jesus and is walking on the water! Soon though he realizes that he’s out in the middle of the sea in a raging storm, and he doubts. That’s when he begins to sink. He cries out for Jesus to save him as he is sinking. Jesus reaches out and grabs him and questions him about his doubting. They both get back into the boat and the storm stops, immediately.
How many times have you walked on the water with Jesus? Well, not literally but with your faith. How many times have you stepped outside the boat and trusted? Its hard to even get out of the boat, not to mention, having the faith to not doubt a promise or a calling.
Ever since God has called me into ministry, their has been tons of doubts. People have questioned it, I have even questioned it. When I keep my eyes on Jesus and truly have faith He can and will do something, I truly am walking on the water. When I take my eyes off of Him, I look around me and I doubt. I see all the things warring against me and I tell God I can’t do it. Then I begin to sink and Jesus grabs me by my hand and reminds me who He is. He reminds me that He is the one who can feed five thousand men with just five loaves and two fish. The one who can raise the dead and heal the sick. The one who calls us out of our boat like Peter, to come walk on the water, defy the possible, the rational in life.
How do we do that though? How do we get out of the boat and walk on the water? I believe its by having the faith, as small as a mustard seed. Wait, what? Yeah, all you have to do is have faith as tiny as a mustard seed.
“For I assure you: If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will tell this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20)
Just a second ago, my Mom pulled out a paper cross from her Bible. In the middle of that cross was a mustard seed. Pretty awesome! It got me thinking. We have to have our faith the size of a mustard seed centered in the cross. That is the only way God can grow us and mature us. A mustard seed without God is just a mustard seed.
Do you see how small that dot in the middle of the cross is?? That is a mustard seed! If you have faith that small that Jesus can do something, He will do it! Your faith like a mustard seed may start out small, but God will expand it, grow it, and mature it.
So today I come to the cross of Jesus Christ, holding out my mustard seed, this promise and calling He has placed on me. I am asking Him to grow this seed and mature this seed. Even though everything is against me, the most important person, God, is with me. Today I hold my mustard seed out as to my symbolize stepping out and trusting God completely. I know I am still growing, and maturing and that one day, this seed that was so small, will grow to something so big, that I will know it wasn’t me that grew it.
Have the faith today in Jesus that He can move mountains in your life.
Have a blessed day,