“What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?”

// James 2:14

Have you ever seen someone at risk of drowning in the ocean? Their fear and panic are palpable. Their shouts and screams are stomach-churning. They expend their breath and energy, thrashing and trying to grab hold of something that isn’t there. It’s not a nice thing to witness.

In stark contrast to this image is one of the most mind-blowing stories in the Bible, which recounts the night when the disciple Peter walked on the surface of the Sea of Galilee [see Matt. 14].

There are parallels between these two scenes – gravity, deep, treacherous waters, the unknown. But there’s one defining difference: Jesus is standing in front of Peter; He is the object of Peter’s focus.

Faith in Jesus changes the game.

Faith is the ability to rest and trust that God is all-powerful and in control. It’s the understanding that He is good and all He does is good. It’s the knowledge that He’ll never leave or forsake us. It’s the acceptance that His ways are higher than our ways.

To be a ‘follower of Christ’ requires action. When He says “go,” by faith we obey, in spite of feeling nervous, uneasy or afraid. When He says “wait,” in faith we stand with confident expectation that He is able to fulfill all He has promised. When He says “no,” by faith we have the courage to walk away from things that appear to be good for us.

There is so much more available to us in life than we can currently see, touch, hope for or imagine. Faith is the foundation required to get us there – to the pinnacle of our God-designed potential.

The truth is, Jesus is always in front of us, speaking to us, inviting us to go higher with Him. It’s our tenacity to accept His invitation into the wild unknown that determines whether we’ll abandon the safety of our own plans, our desires, our ideas, our tiny empires for the expansive plains of all He has for us.

// Alicia Hosking