If you are going to walk on water, you have to get out of the “boat”.
If I said that I have become a water-walker, I would be giving myself far more credit than I deserve, but God did coax me out of the boat. I got my feet wet, even if I didn’t walk on water. There was no bolt of lightning or clap of thunder, nor did an angel-chorus announce the event, and there were no miraculous signs and wonders, but a dream, the dream of a Christian ministry at Cypress Cove Nudist Resort, became reality as we had our first Bible-study on November 8, 2015.
I could not describe the ministry as being “off to a roaring-start” because it was more like the first “chug-chug” of a cranky diesel engine starting, and anyone familiar with the old “popping-Johnie” John Deere tractor will immediately get the idea, but it was a start.
In the beginning…
We have started a series of studies in the Gospel of John, which starts with “In the beginning…“. There are two very important passages in the Bible which start with “In the beginning…“, Genesis 1:1 and John 1:1. The passage in John explains and amplifies Genesis 1:1.
1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:1-5)
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)
John explains that God, the Creator, is the Eternal Word, the Word who became flesh and dwelt among us. Jesus, the Eternal Word, created the very prototypes of the human-body He would one day take on for Himself. He created man in His own image and then took upon Himself that same image.
Getting out of the boat…
John knew a few things about boats because he had been a fisherman, along with his brother James, and Peter and Andrew, before Jesus called him to get out of the boat to become a fisher of men.
18 Now as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who was 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. 21 Going on from there He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and He called them. 22 Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him. (Matthew 4:18-22)
While staying in the “boat” may be more comfortable, and maybe even productive, sometimes God calls us to get out of our “boat” for an even greater ministry. John fed his family by fishing before Jesus called him, but we are still seeing the effects of John getting out of his boat two thousand years later. My “boat” has tied-up to many foreign shores through this blog, but far from abandoning this ministry, God has called me to another ministry, and I have had to get out of my “boat” to do it.