Will You Step Out of the Boat?

If we choose to take Advent Conspiracy seriously and make some big changes in the way we celebrate Christmas, how will friends and family take it? Will they think I’m crazy? Yes, they probably will. But since when does a person living a life that is “set-apart” or holy make decisions that look rational to others?  Take Simon Peter for example. In Luke 5, Jesus gives Peter and his fishermen the best catch anyone has ever seen. The boat is so full of fish that it begins to sink. Jesus then says, “Come follow me.” Simon Peter, and his partners, James and John, then “pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.” They didn’t go sell all the fish first, say goodbye to friends and family, raise enough money to support themselves on their trip, pack up all their belongings and then leave. No, they dropped their nets, and followed him. Imagine what their friends and family thought! What would you have thought?

Later, the disciples find themselves in the middle of a storm in a fishing boat in the ocean (Matthew 14:22-36). Jesus appears to them, walking on water and asks Peter to come to him. He is literally asking Peter to step out of the boat in the middle of the ocean during a violent storm. Would you get out? Peter did. He walked on the water to Jesus, but then seeing the wind around him, became afraid and began to sink. “Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him, ‘You of little faith,’ he said, ‘why did you doubt?’”

Are you willing to get out of the boat? People will call you crazy, they won’t understand, but if you fix your eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of your faith (Hebrews 12:2), He will be faithful. He’ll pull you back up when you start to sink.

Francis Chan, in his book, Crazy Love, explains it this way: “Obsessed people are more concerned with obeying God than doing what is expected or fulfilling the status quo. A person who is obsessed with Jesus will do things that don’t always make sense in terms of success or wealth on this earth.”

While some of the concerns about [AC] that I mentioned earlier might be valid, consider what’s at the heart of the issue. And ask yourself if you’re willing to make changes that may be difficult and alter your way of living. Is it worth it?

“God doesn’t call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust Him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn’t come through.” (Crazy Love, Francis Chan)

Are you willing to drop your nets?
Will you step out of the boat?

Written by Nikki Lindroth

3 Responses to “Will You Step Out of the Boat?”

  1. 1 mary October 28, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    nikki, i love this post. it’s so powerful! i’ll have to check out francis chan’s book, too. thanks for the recommendation 🙂

  2. 2 Angela Ralston November 12, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    Hi, I’ve noticed that you’ve blogged about Crazy Love, by Francis Chan. Just wanted you to know that the videos to accompany the book are now available to download at:

    Also, a Crazy Love small group dvd with never-before-seen content will be available in January. Because of your wonderful blog post about the book, I’d like to offer you a free pre-release copy of the dvd to review. Please email me your address, and I’d be happy to send it. Thanks!


  3. 3 Nancy November 12, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    Nik, this is awesome!

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