Call Out – Seek to be Saved, 02Feb
I have been reading about disciple Peter and how he was sinking in the water, from Matthew’s gospel account out of Michael Card’s Biblical Imagination book…
Peter called out to Jesus from the boat, then crawled out, expecting Jesus could help him walk, but soon after, Peter started to doubt! Peter just as quickly learned that Jesus could save him, after he called out to Jesus the second time. Yes – two calls – once to seek Jesus and once to be saved. Two important lessons within the shortest time span. We have to understand our faith requires calling out in both ways – to seek and to be saved – in both we have to initiate the calling out to Jesus… He is divine thru and thru and this enables us to see all our humanness in between… Our humanness requires us to seek and to be saved.
It is our faith that tells us that the Lord calls us and our faith to say that we will be OK if we do not lose our focus. It is our humanness to know we need Him, oh we are so very human…
When we are sinking in doubt, and Jesus is in the process of rescuing us, that the dip in the water is the continual cleansing that Jesus gives to our souls, the needed dip to rinse and repeat – just like shampoo…
Blessedly, Jesus has a net for us.
We should ask the Lord to use us for whatever He needs for furthering His work – sometimes we work repairing sections of His net, sometimes we work on new sections, we are blessed to be part of the net that caught us…
Working the nets… fixing the nets… growing the nets…
Calling out for directions from the Foreman of all. Jesus knows where the fish are. God knows how best to build the net. We best to listen…
Call out! – then Listen!
Seek to be Saved!
25 And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. 26 But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear.27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”
28 And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.”29 He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” 31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
Note – I realized it was 4 years ago, yesterday Feb 1st 2015, that I had my realization of this amazing awakening that had brought me 100% believing in Jesus… it was a process… I wrote out my processing… crazy huh? It is individual to each of us for being in the great realization of being looped into God’s net by Jesus… am I done? No, I’m now in net-work, His network to do work on His net… my 100% is a beginning not an end.
You are also a work in process – our beginning is not an end, but a continuous walk – keep walking!