Prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 1:13, NASB)
Peter is my favorite. I know, we should not have favorites. But alas, I have one. Of all the apostles, Peter is my favorite. While many people gravitate towards John or Paul, I find myself drawn to Peter.
Peter, the fisherman turned apostle.
He left it all to follow Jesus. Peter, the first to proclaim Jesus the Son of God. Yes, he was the one who walked on water towards Jesus. Passionate Peter who declared he would die in Jesus’ place, then denied knowing his divine friend. Although his foot was often in his mouth, Peter was often the spokesman for the disciples. The day after Pentecost, Peter is the first to preach.
I am drawn to his passion.
I read through Scripture and find myself shaking my head as Peter, once again, speaks without thinking. His zeal is admirable, but his words often tumble out in a jumbled, thoughtless mess. Yet, I also see the fierceness of his love for his Savior. Peter rejoiced in the day of his death because he would then be reunited with Jesus. He asked to be crucified upside down because he claimed he was unworthy to be crucified in the way Jesus was.
Peter, the lowly fisherman became a mighty fisher of men.
I too find my foot squarely in my mouth. I too have spoken with passion and vigor while forgetting the flesh and blood standing before me. Like Peter, I want to walk in step with my Savior, yet cry out when the way is unknown. I fear. I doubt. I question. I stand. I run. I am bold. I hide away. I want to see the mighty hand of God, but sometimes miss Him through the lens of my own humanity.
We have so much to learn from the zealous fisherman.
- Jesus forgives. Peter speaks out of turn. He denies knowing Jesus. In spite of many failures, Jesus forgives Peter and uses him in mighty ways. Peter is restored and serves.
- Jesus sees us as He intends us to be. Peter may be an overzealous, speak before you think, fisherman, but Jesus sees the bold, faithful man Peter will become. Jesus patiently teaches Peter, gently correcting him, and strengthening him.
- God uses unlikely choices. An uneducated fisherman? What does he have to offer? Peter, though unschooled, becomes an effective and strong preacher. Peter knows we must grow and learn. After walking with Jesus, Peter understands we must be prepared.
Where do we go from here?
Know God has called you, just as He called Peter. He has a plan and a purpose for you. Secondly, ask forgiveness when needed. We will fail, we will make mistakes. Repent, God will meet you there. Finally, pray and ask God to direct your steps. Ask Him to lead you where He would have you go, and for you to be bold enough to say “yes” to the things God would have you do.
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