April 14, 2016
“Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee. It happened this way: 2 Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. 3 “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.” John 21:1 – 3
Letting Go – Part IV
On the surface it would appear that the disciples’ decision to follow Peter may not have been a bad idea. Let’s take a closer look at this decision.
The disciples were following the man who:
- Cut off a soldier’s ear to protect Jesus one minute but in the next minute, Peter was denying that he knew Jesus.
- Told Jesus to wash his whole body but then turned around and cursed someone out for saying he was one of the people with Jesus.
- Peter was the one who proclaimed Jesus to be the Son of God but then, sat in the back of a courtyard and watched Jesus get tortured.
I mean, if you ask me, Peter wasn’t someone I’d want to follow. If we’re being honest with ourselves, how many us of really look at a person’s character and take it into account before we decide we’re going to follow him or her?
Just because the person seems to hold the same ideology as we do doesn’t mean their character can keep them where they want to go. We have to be willing to hear what they say with the purpose of listening to what they say. We need to see what they do.
Before we start to follow someone, we need to give two tests. First, we need to make sure that their words and actions are matching. As my grandmother use to say, “If your words ain’t matching your dos, you just talking loud and saying nothing!” Second, we need to make sure their words and actions and in line with God’s words and actions.
“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.” James 3:13
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