March 7-8, 2009
A Person God Can Use
Called by the Lord to a life of discipleship and service, Peter left a career of fishing to become the leader of the church at Jerusalem. We can learn from his transformation, which had both high and low points.
Peter was the first to publicly acknowledge that Jesus was the Messiah. When the Lord asked the disciples who they believed He was, Peter spoke up and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matt. 16:16). Boldly confessing his faith in front of the others, he didn’t hold back for fear of their opinion. In a similar way, the basis for our identity, both in public and in private, ought to be that we are followers of Christ. Our words and actions should proclaim that we belong to Him.
After Jesus’ arrest, Peter’s faith faltered. When challenged about having been with Jesus, he denied it. Just as Jesus had predicted, the apostle refused to acknowledge their relationship three times. How bitterly the disciple wept about what he’d done (Matt. 26:69-75). Following the resurrection, Jesus forgave Peter and then called him to love the “lost sheep” of the world (John 21:15-17). At Pentecost, after being filled with the Holy Spirit, Peter began his ministry by sharing the gospel with thousands (Acts 2:6-11, 41). Through God’s power, many were saved.
Peter is a good example of the type of person our heavenly Father can use—someone with strengths and weaknesses, who learns from his mistakes, and is surrendered to the Lord for His purposes. Have you committed yourself to following God’s plan?
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