Matthew 14:22-33 New International Version (NIV)
Jesus Walks on the Water
22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,”they said, and cried out in fear.
27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
29 “Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,”he said, “why did you doubt?”
32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
Mr. Kraft, founder of Kraft Foods, is quoted as saying, “The best service that pastors can do for their congregation is to preach the Biblical truth about money, tithing, and offerings.”
Peter actually walked on the water before he became distracted. He WALKED on the water. He did it! Peter was distracted and doubted but he didn’t fail because Jesus never fails to be with anyone when they obey what he commands them to do.
The real failures were in the boat! Only Peter experienced the shame of public scolding. But at the same time, only Peter experienced the glory of walking on the water. Only Peter experienced the moment of awe as Jesus held him by hand in the middle of the storm. Jesus said, “You should have practiced justice, mercy, and faithfulness without neglecting tithe. (Matthew 23:23)
23 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.”
Strive to tithe. Why? Because: to experience the blessing of walking on water with God’s protection and provision as you trust and obey your Lord.
Starting to tithe is like getting out of the boat. So this morning, I challenge you and pray for you with all my heart that you will get out of your boats as Peter did because Jesus said “Come” by saying “You should practice justice, mercy, and faithfulness without neglecting your tithe” and be the water walker as you trust and obey your Lord, Jesus Christ.