August 28, 2012
A Liar Becomes a Rock
I am working through a study on 1 Peter, and this past week the focus was on background info on Peter himself. We're pretty familiar with the fact that he betrayed Jesus by denying that he even knew Him, this friend he'd walked with, eaten with, ministered with. Peter had seen Jesus do tons of miracles, had been with Him as He preached to the crowds, had stepped out of the safety of a boat to meet Jesus by walking on water. This was no casual acquaintance they had.
"He began to curse and he swore to them, 'I don't know the man!'" Matt 26:72
"We can't help speaking about what we have seen and heard." Acts 4:20
"When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus."Wow, unschooled, ordinary men. I feel so unprepared and ordinary at times, like I'm underqualified for the vision God's given us in this life as missionaries. But if someone can look at me and take note that I've been with Jesus, if they see my courage and are inspired in some way to follow Jesus, okay.
I was very encouraged by being reminded of Peter's shortcomings and failures, and how Jesus called him out despite this and used him in the work.