Get off the Boat

Guest Post by Miss Bailey Graber

What to do in life, where to go, what to see, achieve, and experience. These are the thoughts I ponder that I can never answer.

Do I know what I want to do? Yes. How to get there? No.

Do I know where I want to go? Yes. How to get there? Nope.

Do I know what I want to see, achieve and experience? For the most part, yes! Yet again, I have no idea how to get there, so I ask myself, what is the solution?

To non-believers, the answer to the “how to get there’s” would be logical. Save money, work hard, be patient, and invest in yourself and others around you. But to those who follow God, the answer is, “Have Faith.”

For those of us who have been Christian for most of our memory, it’s easy to become comfortable in our spiritual routine of nighttime prayers and Bible studies.

But where is faith in that?

Faith isn’t present when comfort is, and comfort cannot co-exist with faith. Wait, what? What do you mean I can’t be comfortable in my bed and not have faith? I’m not talking about physical comfort. I’m talking about spiritual comfort.

Spiritual comfort and spiritual growth are complete opposites with each other. Faith is essential for spiritual growth. Growth cannot happen without pain, and, as we all know, pain is uncomfortable.

So what spiritual growth are you missing out on because of your comfort?

A great example of shifting from comfort to faith is when disciples were out at sea during a storm and saw Jesus walking on water.

The disciple Peter had a history of safe faith up to this point. In this passage, Peter not only examples what great faith looks like, but he also examples how we should change between our comfort to faith.

He went all in.

In Mathew 14:29, Jesus said, “Come,” so Peter got out of the boat experienced the miracle of walking on water.

To do this, he had to do two things. Peter had to trust Jesus to allow him to reach the destination that he was called to. Peter had to step out of the boat. Now, Peter made the transition between comfort and faith look easy, but in reality, he still struggled.

When Peter took his eyes off Jesus while on the water, he immediately sank into the sea.

Panic-stricken and fearful, Peter reached out his hand for Jesus to save him. At the end of his grasp, he found the hand of his Savior already reaching out to save him. (Spoiler, he will do the same for you, too!).

Reading this story from the security of my home, I’ve always wondered if I would be able to take those same steps, not only out of the boat but onto the water. How many of us could or would ever step out of the boat? Out of our comfortable routines in which we never improve our relationship with God?

The enemy wants us to fear stepping out of our spiritual comfort zones because repentance causes faith, faith causes change, change causes revival, and revival causes renewal.

Without that first step, new growth can never be reached.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I want to grow. I need to push myself out of my comfort zones. Sure it might cause some growing pains, but it is nothing compared to what Jesus endured for me.

I know my choice between comfort and faith. Now it’s time for you to choose.

“He said, ‘Come.’ So Peter got out of the boat…” -Mathew 14: 29a

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