To piggyback on what Josh wrote a few weeks ago, I think the idea of “getting out of your boat” to fully experience the power of Christ requires us to challenge ourselves and lend ourselves to imaginative and courageous endeavors. We need to make sure we are asking God, “Hey, what can we do to most glorify your name?” Peter got this. That is why he got out of the boat; he knew that heading toward Jesus was his best bet.
I think that we all have our boats. For me, complacency, more than anything else, holds me back from following Peter’s example. Its like “I don’t want to get out of the boat because I don’t have to. I give a little here, I am usually nice to my neighbors and I get to church at least twice a month. I feel good enough about myself, why risk anything that may cause me to be uncomfortable or vulnerable?” Often, I have to remind myself that Jesus’ calling to usher in His Kingdom does not leave room for comfort and risk-avoidance behavior. On the contrary, if we want to see the Kingdom of God spread, then we HAVE to take some risks. That is when God shows up BIG TIME. Think about Peter on the water. Think of everything he misses if he stays huddled up against the starboard side of that boat in the Sea of Galilee.
I spent some time recently with some friends on a lake house in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. One of my favorite memories from the trip is a short kayak ride we all took across the lake one morning. I am by no means an expert kayaker, in fact I have only done it once or twice in my life. I tend to swerve left and right without really ever making any forward progress, and with each paddle motion I dump large amounts of water into my kayak (or into the lap of the person sitting behind me). Sometimes I can’t concentrate because part of me feels paralyzed by the fact that I don’t know anything about the water beneath me. For all intents and purposes, the lake holding my friend and I up in our little kayak is an undiscovered world.
As I think about that lake—of which I know nothing about—I really sympathize with what Josh said at the end of his post. He writes that getting out of the boat could be a really great decision, “Why? Because we’re moving in the direction of Christ.” This brings the Christ follower peace in the midst of an undiscovered or unknown situation. As long as we are headed due north toward our Savior, He will not fail us. He will guide and lead us toward the very thing that will bring Him the most Glory. As I consider our conversations on this blog in the last month, I am reminded that a constant attentiveness to where God is leading us is crucial to the Christian life. At Global and Impact, we think that God is leading us to a very specific way of bringing his Kingdom to every corner of the map—training indigenous group leaders to be ambassadors for Christ. In the next few weeks, we will look at the Global Disciples model for missions and why it may even require some of us to get out of the boat and embrace the new/different.