DayBreaks for 1/15/15 – Naming Your Boat

DayBreaks for 01/15/15 – Naming Your Boat

From the DayBreaks archive, 2005:


I had a boat once.  It was fiberglass, and had fins.  The lower part of the boat was white, and the upper part was a yucky pink color.  As with most things that we own, we had to name it.  We held a family discussion to determine the name, and our two boys (pretty young at the time we bought it), decided to christen the boat the “Pink Stink”.  (They did this partly because it had an outboard motor and the exhaust didn’t especially smell like a rose.) 

I wonder what the name of the boat was that the disciples were in when Jesus came to them on the water?  If it belonged to Peter, it could have been Simon’s Schooner or the Galilee Gale.  I guess we won’t know until we meet him someday. 

But, at some point, Peter decided to get out of the boat.  To do so, he had to overcome his fear and get out of the boat.  The boat represented safety.  The water danger.  Peter had to come to grips with his fear, wrestle with it, conquer it, and start walking. 

In his book, John Ortberg suggests that we all have “boats” that we need to get out of if we are to truly experience Jesus completely in all his wonder and power.  But how can we identify what our “boat” is?  He offers these suggestions:

FIRST: your boat is anything that to you represents safety and security – other than God Himself.  It is whatever you tend to put your trust and faith in to get you through the good and bad times, but especially during the storms. 

SECOND: your boat is whatever makes you comfortable – so comfortable that you don’t want to give it up even if you miss out on water-walking as a result of holding onto it.

THIRD: your boat is whatever keeps you from high discipleship. 

How can you “name” your boat – identify it?  He suggests we ask ourselves this question: “What is it that most produces fear in me – especially when I think of leaving it behind and stepping out in faith?”  It could be your job, it could be an unhealthy relationship that we’re too comfortable to leave even though we know it isn’t honoring to God or healthy for us, or, it could be secrecy about our sinfulness.  Even our success can be our “boat” – it was for the rich young ruler who refused to get out of his luxury “yacht” when Jesus asked him to sell all he had and come walk on the water with him.  It was too much for the rich man to surrender. 

Bottom line: your fear will tell you what your boat is.  Give it a name.  Acknowledge it as sin before God – because it is sin when anything becomes more important to us than walking with Jesus and trusting Him above all else.  Then, while looking steadfastly at Jesus, throw your leg over the side and walk to Him!

Copyright by 2005 Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

PRAYER: Reveal to us the name of our boat and give us the courage to climb out of it so we can water-walk with You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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