“Oh you of little faith,” Jesus said.
I get it. The guy was sinking. His succumbing to the waves, we’re explicitly told, is because he doubted. So yes, his failing faith left him flailing in the moment.
But before that?
Peter got out of the boat.
“Jesus,” I want to challenge, “doesn’t that count for something?”
It would make sense in my mind if Jesus called Peter’s faith promising. I’d like for Peter to have gotten some credit, a pat on the back, and another shot. Or at least the label, “solid starter.”
But this isn’t the only time in Scripture God highlights the importance of finishing in the faith.
Thankfully, His Word offers all we need for godly living. With this sort of (sometimes frustrating) correction, He also offers helpful instruction.
Don’t finish in the flesh- stick with the Spirit
“After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?” –Gal 3:3
After posing this question, Paul goes on to talk about the means of the Spirit. He highlights that through the Spirit:
- We are freed from trying to keep the law to please God so we can please Him be believing Him
- We trust God and act according to His promises
- We live as children of God, clothed in Christ
- We don’t have to justify ourselves, Christ is our righteousness
Ask God for help in your unbelief
“I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” –Mark 9:24
Instead of crying out that he was drowning and needed saving, Peter could have said “help me overcome my unbelief!” We have that option, too.
Like the honest Dad trying to do right by his suffering son, sometimes persevering in faith means admitting our lack thereof. God is faithful to help!
Keep your eyes on the real prize- Jesus
“Press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ.” –Ph 3:14
Why do we have faith? Jesus. Who do we have faith in? Jesus. What does our faith believe? Jesus- crucified, risen, and eagerly awaiting us in eternity. He is our portion and our prize- plus our strength for persevering in the faith.Faith lasts when we know that it is finished, and our finish brings us to Christ! Click To Tweet
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