8/01/2011

Reality check,

Saturday August 13th, Matthew 14: 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. Reality check, Peter, even as dynamic a child of god as you are, you are not a god. There are two possible ways to look at this, either Peter is greater than you or I and can at least take a few steps on water, or, even when we get too big for our britches and think we are gods and can defy the laws of nature, God comes along and saves us. The first was is only an attempt to prove once again that if only you had enough faith, you could beat the game and become some sort of minor mini-me-god. The second way is simply a reminder that even when we are most foolish, God does not abandon us. Mostly what God has to save us from, is ourselves. What Peter finds is that when he climbs back in the boat headed for the other side, when he goes about the task God has set before him to bring the good news to the people out there, the chaos calms. What is the task God has set before you? How are you avoiding it by trying to play god? You can often tell when someone is trying to play god, when righteousness has slipped across the line into self-righteousness when they try to be too religious.

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