Matthew 16:24-27 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Whoever wants to be My disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow Me. 25For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for Me will find it. 26What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 27For the Son of Man is going to come in His Father’s glory with His angels, and then He will reward each person according to what they have done.
Matthew 14:25-33, Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26When the disciples saw Him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. 27But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” 28“Lord, if it’s You,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to You on the water.” 29“Come,” He said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31Immediately Jesus reached out His hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” He said, “why did you doubt?” 32And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33Then those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.
My current sermon series is titled “Building A Great Life.” Sunday, I noted that one of the keys to building a great life is to make commitments that count. The only commitments that ultimately count are ones you make that honor God, but how can we honor God with our commitments each day?
One key aspect for us to understand about honoring God with our commitment is that we are often easily distracted. Even if we feel that we have made the best possible commitments in our lives, we must be careful because it is so easy to get distracted and lose focus. Probably the best illustration of this is found in the story of Peter walking on the water. If you remember the story, Peter saw Jesus walking on the water and Peter said in Matthew 14:28, “Lord if it is You, tell me to come to You on the water.” Jesus said, “come,” then Peter began to walk on the water.
We all know the end of the story, Peter sank, but do you remember why he sank? The Bible says in Matthew 14:30, “When Peter saw the wind, he was afraid and, began to sink…” Peter was distracted. As long as Peter kept his eyes focused on Jesus, he was fine. However, when he was distracted, he began to sink. Yes Peter had an excuse- He was afraid, but the excuse caused him to lose focus on his commitment to reach Christ. You might have multiple reasons, excuses, distractions, but don’t waver from commitments that count.
Think about that and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D