In the New Testament, Peter stands out as one of the most influential of all the disciples. In fact, he ended up being one of the most influential people in all of human history. Talk about changing the
ordinary into the extraordinary!
Read the following texts. How do they help us to understand how Peter had been so radically changed, despite tremendous faults?
Luke 5:1-11. What did Peter say here which showed that He was open to His need of Jesus? Why is this trait so crucial to cultivate in our own lives?
Matthew 16:13-17. What do these verses tell us about Peter and openness to the Holy Spirit?
Matthew 26:75. What do we see here also that gives us insight into Peter and how God was able to use him?
Jesus, no doubt, spent a great deal of time with Peter, and Peter had many powerful experiences with Him. Though only an ordinary fisherman with plenty of faults, through his time with Jesus, Peter was radically converted-even after making some grievous errors, including denying Jesus three times, just as Jesus told him he would.
Though many points emerge from the story of Peter, the moment he first caught a glimpse of who Jesus was, he was aware of his own faults and admitted them. Hence, through patience and forbearance, Jesus was able to turn Peter’s flawed character into someone who helped to change history.
Why must we be so careful about making judgments about those whom we might not deem
savable? Why is that so easy to do?