Leadership Lessons from the Bible (Mentor-Mentee: Jesus-Peter).
Let’s focus on Matthew 14: 20 – 32 to source miracles, inspiration and leaderships lessons – it’s in series. It highlights a crowd before Jesus.
20: And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.
21: And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.
22: And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away.
23: And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.
24: But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.
25: And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.
26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, thy were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.
27: But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer, it is I; be not afraid.
28: And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
29: And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
30: But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
31: And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
32: And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.
In verse 24: we can see that the wind gatecrashed the expectations of Jesus; in verse 26 fear could affect a group and not just individuals; the disciples said, “It’s a spirit” was Jesus a spirit? He was (is) but a positive spirit but in this context He was completely human and they misfired big time.
The information you have is what you use to process situations and since the disciples knew it was night, dark and evil spirit was real in life their mind quickly picked and processed. Pessimism there but don’t blame them they were humans and being logical but their pessimism triggered fear.
Now verse 27 Jesus quickly responded to evaporate their fears, make them calm and relaxed. That’s a leader. Hey we know doubting Thomas and ‘Betraying Peter’ but Peter also doubted here. Let’s check verse 28 Peter doubted and wanted confirmation: child of conviction. Peter’s motivation was to verify something so he entered the sea as a ‘scientist’.
In verse 29 Peter disembarked from the ship … and focused on the problem solver not the problem so he had no issues whatsoever.
In verse 30 And the problem (boisterous wind) bullied Peter and he succumbed to the psychological warfare not the war itself and this came to be because in the circumstance he saw (heard, felt) the problem and not the problem solver.
Fear is password to many negative things in love and life – sometimes failure in job interviews, as a learner-driver, in the exam hall; in bed … and in this context it’s ‘sink’ and sink is season 1 of drowning.
But Peter knew the problem solver was around so he called to the one that had the power and might to rescue him. Now let’s see Verse 31 and Jesus did. He didn’t waste time another leadership lesson there. He also let Peter realize his problem wasn’t the wind but himself.
Early last year I was driving on a Federal University Campus and a mini-bus skidded and nearly landed on my car I swerved and that’s human but the ‘swerving’ would have been meaningless, useless if God didn’t grab the bus. He saved me and others in the mini-bus and that made my testimony complete.
God must have rescued you in many circumstances too. Thank God for it!
The Bible passage was culled from: New King James Version (Red Letter Edition)
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