HOST: Ron House
And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. And Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away, for it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’ But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.” Peter said to him, “Even though they all fall away, I will not.” And Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.” But he said emphatically, “If I must die with you, I will not deny you.” And they all said the same.
Peter’s confidence is admirable, even if he doesn’t prove to be as steadfast as he thought. Peter is often impetuous and quick- tongued, rash and impulsive. But despite those characteristics that we might consider to be flaws in his character, Jesus saw great potential in him. In a firm yet gentle way, and with a great deal of patience, the Master Teacher was working to harness Peter’s enthusiasm and passion and turn his weaknesses into strengths. Despite his shortcomings, Peter’s love for Christ was undeniable! Over and over, throughout his time with Jesus, Peter demonstrated a desire to be near Him, to honor Him, and defend Him. While his methods may have been questionable at times, his motives were always pure. I believe Peter provides a great lesson for us. Despite his obvious imperfections, God was able to use him to do great things. When I look at myself in a mirror, I am made painfully aware of my own shortcomings, but Peter reminds me that if my love for God is pure, God can still use me to accomplish His will. What about you?
How can God use you in spite of your shortcomings?
Don’t forget to pray and have a great day!