1 Cor 3 v 5 & 7, “Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? I (Paul) planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.”
How easy it is for us to become followers of man, charismatic leaders or individuals that we admire spiritually. It’s part of one’s natural disposition to be dependent upon others, to rely on someone else’s faith to solve our problems and difficulties.
But God never intended for a select few to oversee the Church, His desire from the beginning is for a nation of priests, a body fully functioning, for all to be believers.
Peter was a fisherman who probably spent more time on his boat than on land. He learned its limitations and capabilities. He also new his fishing companions well. Through their work they had established relationships and within this working environment and a degree of security was achieved.
But one day at sea a storm began to shake their sense of security. All Peter had trusted in, the boat, his companions and experience were failing him. It was then that Jesus came along walking on the water (Read, Matthew 14 vs 25 – 31).
Peter faced a choice; to leave his source of security and step out on his own faith, or remain in his boat with his friends. And this is exactly what Jesus asks all of us to do, to leave our world of security, those individuals on whose faith we have been living and trust in Christ ourselves.
To grow in Christ, we have to let go of the hand we’re holding on to and trust in Christ above all others. He is calling us to do our own praying, our own seeking, our own walking. Do not let the fear of failure hold you back, for Jesus is able to save us to the uttermost. Our failure will not be sinking in the water after stepping out, but failure is not stepping out of the boat and not moving in God.