By Sheryl Tay, Singapore
Often, we desire to commit our whole lives to God. But when it comes to actually surrendering our career, our relationships, our families to God, we hesitate. We are afraid that when we take that step of faith to walk on water, we might drown.
In my mission trip to Cebu, I was strongly encouraged by the STEPpers , who have willingly put aside their fears and uncertainties to take that step of faith to serve the people around them and lead them to God.
Some of these STEPpers are youths who come from European countries like Sweden and Switzerland. They took a temporary break from their studies and stepped out of their comfort zones to go to the Philippines to do missions work. Like Peter, they were immediately met with threatening waves—culture shock, language barriers, and the challenges of meeting and working with new people. Each passing wave seemed like a taunt, questioning their purpose and reminding them of the comforts they had when they were back home. And each time they feel themselves sinking in their doubts, they would reach out to Jesus and He would stretch out His hand to catch them.
His timely help came in many forms, from encouragement by fellow STEPpers and missionaries to seeing the fruits of their labor and the smiles on the children’s faces when they minister to them. Each one of these reminded them once again of why they had decided to walk on water in the first place.
What about us? When we decided to accept Christ as our Lord and Savior, have we also committed ourselves to following Christ “full-time”? Luke 9:23 says, “Then [Jesus] said to them all: ‘If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me’” (NIV). The journey we embark on since the time we invited Jesus into our lives is one that is “full-time”, not “part-time” nor “temporary”. It is a daily journey of following Jesus every moment, all the time.
Our faith journey is not one that is self-sufficient or self-sustaining. It is a walk with Jesus, our Shepherd. When He calls, we can be sure that He will be there with us to be our ever-present help in time of need (Psalm 46:1). He will walk on water with us and He will be there to catch us when we sink. Though we are weak, there is still one thing we can do—we can be still and know that He is God (Psalm 46:10).
Note: STEPpers (Short Term Exposure Programme participants), STEP being a programme initiated by Operation Mobilization (OM).