Say what you want about the Apostle Peter, but I think he was pretty amazing. Oh sure, he had issues. We love to point those out, but there are plenty of positive things I admire about him.
He was the de facto spokesmen for the disciples. In Matthew 15:15 and Matthew 18:21 (plus a number of other places) Peter comes to Jesus speaking for the group, asking Him questions. Whether the other eleven are afraid to speak or hadn’t thought to get clarification, Peter is the one who speaks up!
Peter is one of the inner circle of the disciples. Along with James and John, Peter is present at the raising of Jairus’ daughter in Mark 5: 37. He is there at the Mount of Transfiguration in Matthew 17 and according to Luke 22:8, Peter, along with John, was given the task of preparing the Passover meal – which we now refer to as the “Last Supper.”
Peter is the first to clearly identify Jesus as “the Christ, the Son of the living God” in Mathew 16: 16-17. You have to admit, these are pretty impressive things to have one one’s spiritual resume’!
But the thing I may be the most impressed with about Peter is when he gets out of the boat and walks on water in Matthew 14: 18-19. Sure, he may have only taken a few steps, but that’s more than any other disciple did!
There are plenty of lessons we can learn from Peter. Here’s a few of them:
God calls us to overcome our fear and take big steps of faith. Sometimes we need to get out of our comfortable, known surroundings and step out of the boat. Peter takes the initiative and seeing Jesus walking on the water, calls out to Him. Peter responds to Jesus’ invitation to join Him for a water stroll across the lake. That’s a big step of faith that was initiated by Peter.
To exercise our faith and overcome our fear, sometimes we need to step out of the boat.
God wants us to respond to His invitation. Whether it was the raising from the dead a little girl or witnessing the ORD’s transfiguration or preparing a Passover meal, Peter responded to the invitation to join Jesus. He may not have understood everything, but he didn’t need to. He answered the invitation that Jesus gave him.
We need to respond to Jesus’ call even though we may not totally understand the situation.
God uses unlikely heroes. Peter wasn’t a trained scholar. He wasn’t a well-respected religious leader or Rabbi. There was no reason to believe that in just a few years, he would become the one of the leaders of the new movement of God. He was a fisherman who was submitted to Jesus. With all his failings, God used this man in a mighty way.
Even with all our failings, God uses us if we are submitted to Him.
Peter wasn’t perfect of course – which is awesome because neither are any of us. But in spite of his short-comings, I still see great lessons for us from the positive qualities of Peter.
Blessings my friend!
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