We have a path and a destiny to fulfill, and our legacy is dependent on how we fulfill our destiny with God. Along our life's path we may often ask if we are doing the right things or making the right decisions. Sometimes we may even question the path we are on.
These are the questions all human beings ask at least once in their lifetime, and rightly so. Life is filled with uncertainty, unexpected turns, and unforeseen events. Take for example Peter, one of Jesus' top disciples.
Peter was brought to meet Jesus by his brother. Upon this fateful encounter, and without introduction, Jesus says, "You are Simon, son of John – you shall be called Peter – The Rock!" John 1:42
From that moment Peter's mundane life was disrupted. Do you ever feel like your life is disrupted? Welcome to discipleship. After meeting Jesus, Peter does something very significant that dramatically changes his life and alters the history of the world - he follows Jesus.
His path to discipleship was somewhat clumsy and full of mistakes, yet God's love prevailed over his life and his childlike faith sealed his destiny. At the last supper, Peter stopped Jesus from washing his feet, a misstep corrected by Jesus with a few wise words. When Jesus was under persecution during His final trial, Peter denied ever knowing Jesus three times.
Much like a child, Peter wavered from positions and made decisions without depth of understanding. But Jesus likes this. The hidden message is that vast amounts of knowledge built-up inside can hinder a person from naturally being with God and obeying His word.
During another occasion, Peter was in a boat with the other disciples. It was dark, stormy, and rainy. As the waves violently rocked the boat, the disciples saw Jesus walking on the water. Fear struck their heart. Some of them thought is was ghost, or some kind of spirit, but not Peter. Peter knew it was Jesus and that he had the power to walk on water.
Peter tempts fate and proceeds to get out of the boat to go to Jesus. He takes one step and is able to stand on the water. He takes another step and again the water is as firm as the ground. Then he becomes distracted at swirling winds and the thunderous sounds of the storm. He begins to sink. At that exact moment Jesus grabs his hand and pulls him out and helps him onto the boat.
Peter was not a master of mind and body like Jesus, Although he could easily be distracted, Peter showed childlike faith.
Peter's real name was Simon, but Jesus, a total stranger, changed His name to Peter, which means, "The Rock". Later, we find out that Jesus changed his name to the "Rock" because he was destined to be the rock of the church we know today.
Peter was the disciple ordained by Jesus to establish the first church founded in Antioch. Today, the original church founded by Peter is known as the Orthodox Church which continues to preserves the ancient ways of Christianity.
Peter's life paints a vivid picture of what can happen when life is suddenly interrupted and we step out in faith. One day he was a fisherman with a future in commerce. The next day he follows a stranger who changed his name. Peter knew it was the right thing to do, that's why he followed Jesus. What he didn't know was how drastically his life would change and the eminent position he was going to hold as the leader of an organization that would affect billions of people worldwide.
Along the way he made mistakes, said a few wrong things, and even denied Jesus. Just like Peter, you need to persist with childlike faith. Sure you'll make mistakes, we all do. You just have to keep focusing on God and he'll get you to your destiny.
But you need to take the first step, make the first decision, and take action on what God has inspired you to do. If God didn't reveal to Peter that his actions would influence billions of people to believe in God, he probably won't reveal to you how your actions will influence others and all it's ramifications. God might reveal the future to you, but don't be surprised if He doesn't.
Here's the key to a more successful and brighter future fulfilling God's destiny for you - focus.
When Peter walked on water his mind was totally fixed on Jesus and at His command to walk on water. In Matthew 14:30, the scripture describes how Peter got distracted by the storm and began to focus the perils of his situation. Fear crept into his heart and he began to sink.
What I'm telling you today is that you need keep your focus on Jesus at all times. Don't focus on the perils of your situation. Keep your mind, heart, and soul focused on Jesus and He will make you walk on water toward your destiny with God.
In 2015, neuroscientist Giuseppe Pagnoni, of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, in Modena Italy, along with several colleagues involved in the Biomedical field, conclusively showed in a published report how meditators have greater control over brain activity, memory, and creativity.
What these tenacious scientists demonstrated was that God designed and built the human brain to benefit from meditation. If Peter would have been a meditator, he probably wouldn't have been distracted by the storm and would have successfully remained on the water with Jesus.
Christian meditation is by far the best thing you can do to improve your focus on Jesus and improve your journey toward your destination with God. It's okay to falter occasionally, the important thing to keep in mind is that we must remain steadfast in God. Peacefully remaining still in Jesus is the fastest and quickest way to get to the Father. (John 14:6)
This technique will improve your mind, boost your hope, and keep in peace during the storms of life.Need more help here's our link to the 7 Day Christian meditation class. We love and we're praying for you. Be blessed. See you in the kingdom.