Lately, I have thought of Jesus’ disciple Peter. He was a young fisherman by trade, a true “pistol” in personality. He was the one that spoke before he thought, jumped out of the boat to walk on water, chopped off a Roman soldier’s ear, and denied his best friend three times in His darkest hour. Words to describe him would be spontaneous, impulsive, and immature.
But the good news is this: Jesus chose Peter, as is. While on the earth, Jesus walked with Peter, talked with Peter, corrected Peter, encouraged Peter, and affirmed Peter. What gives me great hope is that the God-man was able to see this young follower not only “as is”, but also what he was going to be. Peter was a work-in-progress.
And how he did progress! We can find the rest of Peter’s faith walk in the beginning of Acts. And then, we can see his heart in his God-inspired letters, I and II Peter. The stories and his transformation by the Holy Spirit are fascinating. Amazingly, the same man that shouted, “I don’t know Him!” and ran for his life the night Jesus was betrayed, later became the man that took his stand (Acts 2:14) and proclaimed Him as the resurrected Lord and Savior. As a result, about three thousand were added to their number that day (Acts 2:41). And that was just the beginning of his ministry!
I think we can each be encouraged by Peter. If you feel like you have “failed the Lord” miserably, or “killed your witness” thoroughly, remember Peter, before and after. Through the grace of our Savior, and the power of His Spirit, God did great things in and through him; and He will do the same with each of us. These God-breathed words come from the pen of Peter himself; let them speak to you today:
And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.
I Peter 5:10
God chose Peter, and God chose you. Praise Him that you are His beautiful work-in-progress.