It’s easy to sing, shout, say and do the right things in church, but what do you do when you go back to reality, your regular routine, the real world. It’s not hard when you’re in the right environment and around the right people, but what do you do when you are outside of that environment and around people who don’t act, think, or speak like you do. We all know what to do on Sundays at church in between the four walls, but what do you do on Monday through Saturday out in the world when you’re outside of those four walls. Where do you go from here?
Have you ever asked that question? Have you ever wondered what do I do now? What do I do when life throws me a curveball? What do I do when everything around me seems to be falling apart? Where do I go when everything that works in church doesn’t seem to work outside of those walls? Where do I go when the storms, circumstances, situations, tests, and trials seem to be overwhelming and are overtaking your life?
When we take a look at Peter’s life, we see that Peter is saying all the right words, walking on water, cutting off ears, and is on top of the mountain while he is with Jesus, but denying, betraying, and backtracking when he is away from Jesus. Twice we find Peter stuck in a boat with the rest of the disciples apart from Jesus. Matthew tells us about the first time (See Matthew 14:28-31) and John tells us about the second time (See John 21:1-7). The first time Peter finds himself in the middle of the fiercest storm of his life. The second time He’s doing everything he knows to do in order to get a breakthrough in his life, but nothing is working. So what does Peter do? I’ve looked at, studied, dissected, and analyzed both accounts. The only thing that I can see that Peter did both times was that he got out of the boat. He stepped out of his comfort zone. He went against what was the norm, he got out of what everyone said is safe, and got out of what culture had taught him and what he had become to know as the facts.
Some of you might be in the middle of the toughest storm you have ever faced. Others of you might be doing everything you know to do and still haven’t seen any breakthrough. So what do you do? Where do you go from here? You go back to what you did the first time you got to Jesus. You step out of your comfort zone. You get out of what is considered the norm. You go against what you have become to know as the facts. You get out of the boat!