Today’s Scripture: Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. Matthew 16:22
This year, we will be doing a short devotional every month on one of the twelve disciples. The first one we will look at is Peter.
There are many stories about Peter. He left his career of fishing to follow Jesus. Peter is the only man besides Christ to ever walk on water. He was very bold and early on proclaimed that Jesus was the Christ (Matthew 16:16). However, his boldness often caused him to say things that he regretted.
One occasion was on the Mount of Transfiguration. Peter put Moses and Elijah on an equal pedestal with Christ. Instead of being in awe of what he was seeing, he just opened his mouth to tell his great idea.
Peter, on another occasion, rebuked the Lord for saying that he would die and rise again. Later, after Christ was arrested, he would deny that he knew Christ three times. Peter had the foot in mouth disease.
Some people claim that if you deny Christ, you will lose your salvation. However, Peter is evidence that is not true.
Peter preached at Pentecost during the birth of the Church. Thousands were saved as a result of his preaching that day. Later, Peter would write the two books of the Bible named after him.
Peter preached Christ for years, endured imprisonments, and was eventually martyred for Christ. According to Church tradition, he was crucified upside-down in Rome.1
God greatly used Peter in spite of his failures. That should be a great encouragement to us. God can and will use us in spite of our failures if we are willing to follow Him.
Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.
1John Foxe, Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, Chapter 1, IX. Peter