Have you ever given any thought to what a chronicle of your spiritual life might look like? It occurred to me while reading today’s lesson that in some aspects mine might look a lot like Peter’s. I don’t mean the part where he’s told he is to be the rock upon which Christ will build His church. Far from it. Rather, I think of what looks an awful lot like a thick-headed, bumbling fool.
Peter had a penchant for dramatization. When Jesus is washing the disciples’ feet before the Last Supper, he questions Jesus about washing his feet. After Jesus replies that “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me,” Peter responds that not only his feet should be washed but his hands and head as well; it seems he’s ready for a bath when only the dust needs to be washed off his feet.
Of course, we all know of Peter’s declaration that he would go to prison and would even die for Jesus only hours before he denies Him three times.
One would think that after a while, Peter would be a little bit slower to speak and a little bit quicker to “see” but it seems that he’s still a bit slow on the uptake. In today’s passage he’s told to “not call anything impure that God has made clean." He’s told this not once, not twice but three times. Yes, these are the parts of Peter’s accounts I can see in myself.
And yet, Peter doesn’t let his setbacks interfere with his work. He may not be the smoothest operator out there but he doesn’t let that stop him from being used by God. We’ve seen God’s mighty power made manifest through Peter during the earlier chapters of Acts and we’ll see it again in the coming chapters as well. Perhaps if I were less worried about my missteps, I too could be better used by God.
Dear Lord, help me be less concerned with making mistakes or looking foolish as I follow Your will for my life. Instead, help me put my full trust in You knowing that You can overcome, and even work through, my weaknesses so that blessings may be poured out on those around me and glory may be brought to Your Name. Amen.