In the Words of Peter part III
Peter in Me
Peter stayed fast in the Word of God. He preached on some 30 years or so after Christ had ascended from in front of his very eyes. His frontal lobe temperance hurt him so many times, not taking the time to think situations through. I am so much like that young Peter. I too react instead of always thinking it through and showing the grace of God. I pray for the kind of strength Peter had through his lat days on earth. He watched as his wife was hung on a cross from the jealous Roman emperor. He was hanged himself and as is said he was hung upside down saying he was not worthy to die as his Saviour had died. He walked the streets from Jerusalem to Rome preaching the Word of God everywhere he went. A true street preacher as it was in those days. He led the disciples and they came to him for leadership. He was imprisoned, beaten, flogged, scorned, all for the sake a Christ.
I have often been compared to Peter for my in your face style and not letting anyone get the better of me. As Peter in the garden ready to take out my knife and fight regardless of the odds against me. In a paper factory I had worked in my best friend was called Paul by the others there and I was called Peter. He had the grace and passion to listen through the rhetoric and positively explain the Gospel whereas I was ready to stand and defend regardless the cost. I had a learning process to go through. I had to learn how to gracefully show the love of Christ that is in me and let a lost world see it properly.
Peter had decided to go fishing, out on the boat. Christ had been crucified, died buried, risen and appeared to the apostles. He had appeared a couple times but time passed and peter went back to fishing. Some say he could not just sit and wait. He had to be busy. Sounds like most of us, not being able to sit idly by. So he was out fishing and saw Christ on the shore. They said they had not caught fish and Jesus told them to throw the nets over the other side of the boat and they caught more fish than the nets could hold. Peter went straight to Jesus as the others brought the boat in and then he helped to bring in the net. But, Jesus already had fish and bread to eat. He told them to sit and dine. As stated in part 2 this was Peter's redemptive moment. Christ knew he would be the leader of the apostles, Jesus knew Peter would be the one to keep the disciples in the Word, the Way. He knew Peter would never falter again. Peter had matured in the Gospel in one great conversation with Jesus on that sea shore. Jesus said,"lovest thou me". We all know how He repeated this three times and it confused Peter, but I believe at that point all the days of being with Jesus all came back to him. He matured in the Word of God and he set a path that we may never be able to keep but need to strive for it.
Peter devoted his life the next thirty years to spreading the Word of God, regardless the cost, regardless where it led. I have to seek the same as I go through my ministry I have to be able to say I will follow wherever God leads us. We have devoted our lives to serving Christ, in fact our motto or mission statement is, Serving HIM to serve others. Jesus said," As you have done this to these little ones you have do it unto me". It matters not where we are we speak of Jesus letting people know there is a true way, a way that heals and brings such wonderful grace. We let them know to just open your heart to Him and let Jesus in. Romans 5:8 " For God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." He died for you and me, that we, through acceptance of HIM, can have eternal life.
WHAT WILL YOU DO
What will you do? Will you give it to Him? Will you accept the grace Jesus has so mercifully given to set you free? Jesus said the truth shall set you free. Jesus said, John 14:6," I am the Way the Truth the Life, no man comes to the Father but by Me." Will you come to Him today?
Lord God I know I am a sinner. I know I have a debt of sin only you can forgive. I give it to you and ask that the lord Jesus Christ forgive me of my sin. I ask you to come into my life as my Saviour and lean wholly on you for my salvation. In Jesus' name Amen.