My favourite account in the Gospels is found in the last chapter or John!
If you’re not familiar with this chapter, I suggest clicking HERE to give it a read before continuing on. Specifically, take a look at verses 1 through 9.
It’s intriguing that in verse 3, Peter is the one who states, “I’m going out to fish.” We know that he was a fisherman by trade. It might be likely that his family would have their own boat? Perhaps, when he says that he’s going fishing, he means on his boat?
Jumping to verse 7, we see Peter’s true nature! After John speaks the words “It is the Lord“, Peter automatically leaps into action. He throws on his coat, jumps out of the boat and begins to swim!
Sure, the boat could have made it to the shore just fine. It wasn’t damaged in any way. However, if Peter leaped out of the boat immediately and swam for it, he’d be face-to-face with his Lord that much sooner! If I was one of the twelve, would I be this excited to see Jesus? So many times, our culture tells us to play it safe.
This weekend, I attended Break Forth conference in Edmonton. God challenged me to join a movement called TheLife. The beginning of this movement is to take a 35 day (Peter-like) challenge, where the following prayer becomes a daily commitment:
“Dear Jesus, I want you in the center of my life and commit through your power, to serve and obey you. Anytime. Anywhere. At any cost. To do anything.“
My challenge to you this week is to do something Peter-like. When you hear that voice say, “It is the Lord“, grab your coat and jump, run, act, speak, do. Regardless of the cost, do anything, anywhere at anytime!
How are you willing to act like Peter?
*Original content taken from QuietMorningsWithHim.com post by Jeremy Norton: How Would Life Look If We Acted More Like Peter? – April 26th, 2010