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Take the Leap

One night last week I was playing with Kai in his room before bedtime. He wanted to play a game where he stands on his bed and jumps into my arms. We did that a couple of times at close range then he wanted me to scoot back a little bit. So I scoot back but I don't just scoot back a little, I scoot all the way back to the other side of his room. He looks at me with a half grin and asks, “Can you really catch me from that far?” My response was, “The question is not whether I can catch you but whether you are willing to take the leap.”

In Matthew 14:22-33, Peter did something that no one else besides Jesus has ever done. He walked on water. The disciples were on the boat when the winds began to pick up. Seeing Jesus walking towards them on the water they thought him to be a ghost. Peter calls out, “Lord, if that's you, tell me to come to you on the water.” Jesus told him to “come.” Peter didn't ask “If I sink, will you catch me.” Instead, he stepped out of the boat and began to walk towards Jesus. We know how that story ended. Peter did walk on water for a bit but when he got his eyes off Jesus, he began to sink. At that moment, Jesus was right there to lift him up.

Let me ask you, if going after Jesus meant you had to step out of the boat, how many would be willing to do so? Sometimes God calls us to things that are beyond our level of experience or comfort. Following God in those situations involves us doing something we've never done. It involves us taking a leap. Like Kai, we ask, “God, will you catch us if we fall?” What a silly question to ask a God who knows the very number of hairs on your head (Luke 12:7). The God who knit you together in your mother's womb (Psalm 139:13). The question is never will God catch us but rather will you take the leap to be where Jesus has called you to be.

God's arms are open and He's standing right there. Are you willing to take the leap today?

Jump for Jesus,

Pastor Jeremy

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