The secret to Peter’s failure

Last Sunday I shared the secret to Simon Peter’s success.  It is summed up in his response to Jesus’s instructions to cast his fishing nets when it didn’t make good sense to do so.  Peter said, “Yet if You say so, I will let down the nets.” (Luke 5:5)

But Peter is also famous for his big failure (Can you say, “Rooster crowing?”). 

And here’s the secret to why it happened…

Picture the scene, Jesus and his closest disciples are gathered for a private meal and, of all things, Jesus decides to wash their feet.  Peter will have none of it and responses, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”  (John 13:6) What is implied is a big, “Not!!!” 

And therein lies the secret to Peter’s failure.

Peter was a doer. 

When Jesus asked him to do something, he was willing to man up and do it.  But to sit still and let Jesus do something to him, (yikes!) now, that’s another matter.

Now, there’s nothing wrong with being a doer.  A devoted Christian will do a lot of good things. 

But the power of Christianity is not in all the stuff that Christians do; it is in what Christ did and continues to do for us and in us.

The ONE THING for today: On this Lord’s Day, are you willing to have the humility to be still?  To surrender?  To say, “Lord Jesus, have your way.”

Have Thine Own Way, Lord! - Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

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