John 21:7 “Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water.”
As soon as Simon Peter realized that it was Jesus, he jumped in to the water and headed straight for Jesus on the shore. Oh that I would always respond the way Peter did when I recognize that it has been Jesus calling out to me. Unfortunately, I don’t always take off running towards Him.
Sometimes I feel like I have to clean up the mess that I’ve made. My response is more like, “Just a second Jesus. I’ve made a mess of my life and I am embarrassed about it.” Anyone else ever had that response? I didn’t think so.
Then there are the times that I realize that it is Jesus standing and watching me and I try to hide and cover up what I’ve been up to. “Don’t look over here. Let me bury this junk and hide my tracks so that no one, not even you, Jesus, will know what I’ve been up to. Then I’ll look like a good Christian and wade on over to you.” Anyone? Anyone? I guess I’m alone thinking that way.
And, of course, there are the times that I make a big show of getting out of the boat. You know, so that everyone can see just how zealous I am for Jesus. I might even stop to point a finger at the guys still in the point and make sure that they know that I am more righteous because I’m the first one in the water. Someone got my back on that one?
But only if I could just be like Peter. As soon as he heard, as soon as he realized, the moment he caught a glimpse of Jesus standing there, he grabbed his robe and jumped in. He didn’t look back or hesitate. He didn’t ask permission or wait for the approval of others. He made a beeline for His Lord. Let that be our heart always.