Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves. About three o’clock in the morning. Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, “It’s a ghost!”
But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here!”
Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.”
“Yes, come,” Jesus said.
So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted.
Can't you picture it? The disciples all freaking out in their boat in the middle of a huge storm. Jesus shows up and the crazy brave one asks to walk on water to Jesus. He stays brave and obedient until he sees how huge the storm really is, and then he becomes terrified and begins to sink.
I can so see myself in this scene. My heart desperately wants to trust Jesus, to be brave, to be obedient to whatever He calls me to no matter how scary or costly, but sometimes obedience is just plain hard.
All of this reminds me of how important it is to keep my eyes on Jesus. I hate to admit it, but honestly, it can be extremely easy to take my eyes off of Jesus.
When I take my eyes off of Jesus, I can lean toward some of the most selfish tendencies like feeling sorry for myself or becoming bitter, literally sinking emotionally. I love the verses in Prov 4 that read, "Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the path of your feet." These verses remind me that I have my own unique path right now, and it doesn't look like anyone else's. Right now my number one calling is to serve, to serve my family with a humble spirit and grateful heart.
Today, I want to remember, obedience does not come without me keeping my eyes on Him every single second. Just like Peter, I cannot look around me and get scared or lack the faith to believe God can get me through whatever it is I face today, I have to have my mind and my heart fixed on Him, returning to His promises, and remembering that if He took on the humble attitude of a servant I can too.
Is Jesus calling you to be brave in obedience to Him? If so, have you taken your first step? Tell someone what you believed Jesus has called you to and ask them to call you next week and check in on you.
Are you in a position of service right now? How can fixing your eyes on Jesus help you serve with the right heart attitude?
Dear Jesus, thank you for reminding us today that you came to serve and not to be served. Help us to serve you from a pure and grateful heart. Whatever you have asked us to do, enable us to keep our eyes on you, for we know you are the provider of everything we need. Thank you for helping us get up when we do stumble and fall; you are unbelievably patient with us, help us to be patient with others today Lord. We love you. Amen.
"King of My Heart" Bethel Music