Story Of Chris Gardner: Chris grew up without knowing his real father. His mother married a man who completely ruined his and his mother’s life. He was chased out of his home and had nowhere to go, so he enlisted in the Navy. After his time in the navy, he soon became a medical supplies salesman, got married, and had a child. However, the medical supplies industry was changing. It was very hard for Chris to sell these medical machines and Chris along with his wife were not making ends meat. They had nothing, and it kept getting worse. Chris needed to find a new source of income. Well one day Chris was walking down the road all distraught and saw this stock broker pull up in his shiny Ferrari. Chris wanted it so bad. So he decided to do something different. He was tired of doing the same things and getting the same results. At this time, Chris had no money and his wife had left. His son proved to be his motivation, even though the two slept in subway station bathrooms. Chris was able to pass a licensing exam and received a job at Bear Sterns. Here he’d make cold calls to get clients, and by 1987, things had turned around for Chris. He had a home and was making money, and in that same year, he was able to start his own brokerage firm called Gardner Rich & Co
Chris finally realized that if he were going to get different results he was going to have to do things differently.
29″Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
31Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
Now why would Jesus tell Peter to come out on the water? Because Jesus knew that faith and obedience must be expressed in new actions for maturing believers. When the Lord Jesus invited Peter to walk on the water He said, “Come.” Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Jesus said, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” Many times in our walk with Christ new experiences require a higher level of faith and obedience.
Getting something started here at Church when you have never done that before is uncharted waters for you. A new relationship with others outside of just the ones that you are already comfortable with may make you feel like your sinking. Ministries…Oh here we go with that Ministry stuff… But if any of us reading this here are saying that to ourselves when I said Ministries, then we are not willing to get out of the boat. We are not willing to do something different to get different results. We have become comfortable with staying inside the boat and inside of our comfort zone instead of growing by putting our faith in front and holding onto it in an effort to be closer to Christ and to mature as a Christian.
You may say well Pastor Jerry I have all kinds of Faith. I come to Church all the time and I see what all God is doing and I see how excited everybody is. And I can’t wait till God finally pours it out on us…
Jesus didn’t look at Peter and say stay right there and I am going to come there!!!… He said COME!!! That means get up and you come to me!!! We want to wait around on God to do this and that, when God is standing there telling us to COME!!! TO GET UP!!! To DO!!!
Faith and works should travel side by side, step answering to step, like the legs of someone walking. First faith, and then works; and then faith again, and then works again — until they can barely tell between which is the one and which is the other.
Faith and Deeds
14What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? 15Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. 16If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? 17In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
Jesus honored people who risked shame, frustration and disappointment in coming to Him by faith.
Matt. 15:22-28 we read about a Canaanite woman who came crying to Jesus, “Lord, have mercy on me! My daughter is suffering terribly from demon-possession. The disciples said, ’Send her away’. Then she came and knelt before Jesus and said, “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.’ Then Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted. And her daughter was healed.
Church, we have to be willing to take risks in order to see God work great things for us and others. We have to have Faith that takes us outside of our comfort zone…outside of our boat.
Martin Luther once said:
Illustration: God our Father has made all things depend on faith so that whoever has faith will have … everything, and whoever does not have faith will have nothing.
Jesus knew that people who are not willing to change risk losing everything.
Matt. 19:16,21 We read about a rich young ruler who came to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?” Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor. And you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me.” When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.” He was not willing to change.
Do not let your unwillingness to change or cheat you out of the great things God wants to do in and through your life.