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The Word of God Seeks a Willing Vessel


On the shores of the small lakeside town of Gennesaret, Jesus encounters Peter and changes his life. This is one of many miraculous events on the Sea of Galilee and the one that forms Peter’s calling. One encounter is all it takes.


Crowds are gathering to hear Jesus. Anticipation has been growing in the land, and now the people are anxious to see what Jesus will do. Is He truly the awaited Messiah? There is a palpable sense of urgency and spiritual hunger as multitudes press in around Him — the tension and energy growing. Seeking a better vantage point to view the crowd, Jesus spots two small boats. He wants to address the people in such a way that all can hear, not willing that any of them should perish (2 Peter 3:9). The surface of the water will amplify His words, making the speech more audible, but He needs a vessel to carry Him out upon the water.


God’s Word always looks for a willing vessel.


Noticing that the two boats are empty, He looks to Peter. As their eyes meet, Jesus asks him to set out from the shore. Jesus uses His position on the water to reach the crowds, but Peter is the partner, the willing vessel carrying the Living Word of God where He needs to go. It won’t be long until Jesus shows Peter the power of the Word when met with obedience.


THE DAY YOU CHOSE TO FOLLOW JESUS, HE BEGAN TO FORM YOU FOR HIS MISSION


Everyone everywhere needs to hear the Good News about Jesus. Will you be a vessel to carry the Word of God to the multitudes?