DAY 2 - Peter
The Voice of Peter
Peter was an ordinary man when he decided to follow Jesus. He had run a small fishing business off the lake with his brother. His family and his in-laws all lived in Capernaum. Life was simple but Peter sensed there had to be more.
Then Andrew, Peter’s brother, introduced him to Jesus and life would never be the same.
Jesus called them to abandon their business, their hometown, and their families. “Follow me, and I’ll make you fishers for people.” Peter and Andrew dropped their nets and never looked back.
They, along with the other disciples did a lot of good things together, but being a follower of the Christ didn’t mean good would come easily. It didn’t mean great status or importance while they prepared for the kingdom to come.
No one questioned Peter’s loyalty. He drew his sword and attacked a soldier in defense of his Lord. “I’m with you to death, Lord!” and Peter meant it. Everyone else ran away, but Peter followed in the background watching from a safe distance.
READ LUKE 22:54-62
After Peter denied Jesus 3 times, the rooster crowed. And the Lord turned and looked at him. Peter responded by weeping bitterly.
Within hours of Peter’s pledge of loyalty, he denied Jesus, his friend and Master. Peter could not handle the regret, the shame. But Jesus could.
Just like Peter, we can get stuck in our shame and regret. But it is never a barrier to the cross.
Jesus went to the cross to redeem us and His plans are to use every experience that we have with him – whether good or bad – to power our testimony of Who He is.
We don’t have to let our failures define who we are. Empowered by grace, forgiveness, and love, we can focus on the Cross, follow Him, and let Jesus finish the good work that He started in us.