Having joined Jesus’ band of followers, he soon became a leader among the twelve disciples, often becoming the one who spoke up for the disciples. He had a great anointing for ministry upon his life (Matthew 10:1-8), and became a man who could hear from God (Matthew 16:13-18).
Even though Simon Peter failed the Lord in the temple courtyard while Jesus was being tried, he acknowledged that failure and rebounded from it, and resumed a leadership role among the followers of Jesus. On the day of Pentecost, it was Peter, filled with the Spirit of God, who preached the message that resulted in three thousand conversions to Christianity (Acts 2:1-41). Shortly thereafter he preached again, and 5000 people were saved (Acts 3:11 – 4:4). Peter exhibited a great anointing upon his life for evangelism and for healing (Acts 3:1-10), and possessed an ability to astonish educated and brilliant men with his passion, wisdom, and supernatural insight and ability (Acts 4:5-12). He was also a man who was bold, passionate and undeterred by threats or even persecution (Acts 4:13-31, 5:40-41, 12:1-17). Simon Peter became the first and most visible leader in the early years following Jesus’ resurrection and ascension, and tradition has it that he even became the bishop of the Church in Rome.
Question – “Whom do you know that has come from an indistinguishable background, to rise to a great position of leadership and influence in the world and the kingdom of God?” Simon Peter’s story is a great example of how the Lord can take “nobodies” and turn them into “somebodies!” Have you ever considered the fact, however, that we wouldn’t have had Simon Peter and his wonderful story of success in the kingdom of God, if his brother Andrew hadn’t told him about Jesus and invited him to come and meet the Lord? The Bible says that: “the first thing Andrew did was to find his brother, Simon, and tell him ‘We have found the Messiah.’ Then Andrew brought Simon to meet Jesus” (John 1:41-42).
Second Question – “Who told you about the Lord, and invited you to come and meet the Lord?” Whoever that was, they (like Andrew) have been a key contributor to whatever accomplishments you have experienced in your life. If Andrew hadn’t been so bold and faithful to share about the Lord with Peter, and invite him to come meet the Lord, the early Church would not have had this man as their first and foremost leader. If someone special in your life hadn’t told you about the Lord or introduced you to the Lord, it is quite conceivable that you wouldn’t be where you are today, doing what you’re doing for the kingdom of God. We need to regularly go back and thank those who were key witnesses to us (by life and words), and influential in helping us meet the Lord. They merit constant recognition and thanks.
Third Question – “Who have you told recently about the Lord, or invited to come and meet the Lord?” We don’t know the possibilities and potential in the lives of the people that we meet that the Lord desires to use in great and mighty ways in His kingdom. Therefore, we must always be ready and willing to share our faith and the Lord with others – because He is going to place people in our paths who have the potential to be great leaders in the kingdom of God.
As you pray today: 1) Thank the Lord for the people who influenced you to put your faith and trust in the Lord – and if you can, contact them to thank them personally; 2) Ask the Lord to help you to be sensitive to those around you, taking advantage of every opportunity to tell people about the Lord; and 3) Pray for the Lord to enable you to witness to others so that they can become part of the kingdom of God.