Peter as Activator®
In a crisis, an Activator® goes into action. It is instinctive. For instance Peter wastes no time in being the first to speak up. When Jesus asked, “Who do you say that I am?” Peter announced He was the Christ. The other disciples were silent.
On the day of Pentecost Peter was the first to get up and speak to a questioning crowd.
When Jesus directed the disciples to get in a boat and go to the other side they ran into a fierce storm. They were in the middle of the sea of Galilee and it was the middle of the night when Jesus came walking on the water.
The disciples were afraid and thought Jesus was a ghost but when Jesus said, “Be of good cheer. It is I; Do not be afraid.” Peter said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You.”
An activator is quick to react and will take a chance while others will hold back.
In fact the storm triggers their strength.
We would like to think we are strong in a calm. That’s nice!
We would like to think we are strong while walking in peace. That’s nice too.
We would like to think we are strong when there isn’t any challenge or problem in our way. That is also nice. But in real life it’s the storm that releases our strength or weakness.
The eagle faces the storm head on angling it’s wings in such a way that when the wind hits, it is lifted up into the air and soars above the storm.
Jesus commanded Peter, “Come!” and Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water. Now imagine the disciples watching this in unbelief. That boat represents the “church." I can just hear the saints saying, “Peter don’t do it. It’s too risky. But Peter was “Standing on the promises of God.”
They would have said, “If you go out there you will sink.” Peter walked on the water but when he looked at the waves and heard the wind he began to sink leaving the disciples to think, “We told you not to go! You are going down and should have listened to us.”
But Jesus is not there to reprimand Peter for sinking.
Our failure activates Jesus to reach out and pick us up. God does not abandon us because we are falling. God does not forsake us because we are in trouble. God does not turn His back on us because we are hurting.
The Bible says, “He gives power to the faint."
Notice Matthew 14:32. “And when they got into the boat the wind ceased.” This is the objective of the story.
On a cruel cross Jesus cried out, “It is finished.” Our sin activated Jesus to come from glory and rescue us. The work is done. Salvation is now available.
Peter told Jesus to command him to walk on the water. In essence he was asking to be given the power to walk on what Jesus was walking on.
We are commanded to:
walk in a crooked world until it is straight.
walk in rough places until they are smooth.
walk through the storm until it is calm.
If it’s Jesus who is commanding us then take heart and start walking.
How about walking on land first?
Song: “I feel Jesus, I feel Jesus. I feel Jesus in this place. For my soul does burn within me. I feel Jesus in this place.