27But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”
28And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.”
29He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus.
Our worship always begins with Jesus calling to us – He is the instigator of our relationship as we only love because He first loved us (). Once we have heard Him calling it is our responsibility to respond, He is standing at the door knocking and waiting for us to open the door (). But it doesn’t stop there as we see in the passage from Matthew shown above: Jesus calls, Peter replies, Jesus calls with the instruction “come”, Peter acts and gets out the boat and walks on water! Our worship is this continual process of Jesus calling and us responding with the relationship growing all the time and us becoming more mature.
Whenever we worship we need to make sure that our response is an honest one right from our heart. Our response to the Word of God should always be life changing, just like it was when we accepted Jesus as our Lord, or when we were baptised in water, or when we were baptised in the Holy Spirit – we should wake up the next morning knowing that life will never be the same again. Imagine how Peter felt the day after he’d walked on water! His life wouldn’t be the same again knowing what had happened when Jesus called him and he responded. When we respond to God it needs to be a lasting response, a response from the heart that means that life will never be the same again.
Another couple of scriptural examples of people responding to God with a lasting response are:
- . Jesus calls to Peter and Andrew and immediately they drop their nets and follow Him. They give up their old life to start living the life that God has for them – a decision that isn’t reversible, their lives will never be the same.
- . Jesus asks Peter who people are saying He is, and Peter responds with words that can’t be retracted, he declares that Jesus is the Christ. Now that he has this revelation of the divinity of Jesus he will never be able to treat Jesus the same again – it’s a life changing moment. On top of this we see that Jesus replies by telling Peter what God’s plans and purposes for him are. Peter would have again woken up the next morning and thought ‘the Christ told me that He will give me the keys of the kingdom of heaven’. How could his life ever be the same after finding this out.
I encourage you that whenever you hear Jesus calling to you decide to make a lasting response – a response that means that your life will never be the same. We need to thoroughly embrace the words that Jesus speaks to us and not let them leave our minds but instead meditate on them () and not go back to our old ways of thinking and acting as “we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another” ().
27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”
28 And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” 29 He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. (ESV)
19 We love because he first loved us. (ESV)
20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. (ESV)
18 While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 19 And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 Immediately they left their nets and followed him. (ESV)
13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” (ESV)
8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. (ESV)
18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. (ESV)