Reckless Abandonment

Dolores Nasrallah

READ : John 21:7-14

The sea is significant in Peter’s relationship to Jesus. They met at the seashore where Jesus told Peter to put down nets for a catch after an unsuccessful night of fishing. Peter’s faith was born by the sea. When Jesus calmed the wind and seas by a single command, Peter was amazed! The sea spelled risk. Jesus walked on water and Peter followed, stepping out on the stormy sea.

But after all these evidences of his power and love, Peter still cowered in denial: not once, not twice, but three times. After the crucifixion and resurrection, Jesus appeared again to the disciples on the water. This time, Peter recognized him and “threw himself into the sea.” What a picture of reckless abandonment! No more reservations. No more holding back in doubt and fear. Just pure joy that propelled him toward a holy pursuit of Christ.

Maybe you have seen the power of Jesus in the lives of others, in nature, even in your own journey. But have you translated your knowledge into active faith by trusting God to do what seems most impossible to you?

PRAYER

Jesus, free me from the weights that keep me bound to caution. Teach me to follow you with reckless abandon.