Day 18 – TRANSFORMED PETER
Today’s thought is shared by Dave and Deb Jackson…
“But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men..” (Acts 5:29 NKJV)
Peter is so easy to relate to! Although he was a disciple chosen by Jesus, he was outspoken and didn’t usually think before acting or speaking. Peter was quick to say that he would never desert Jesus, even if everyone else did when Jesus told His disciples that all of them would leave Him. (Matthew 26) And Peter claimed he would die with Jesus before he denied Him when Jesus informed Peter that he would deny Him three times before the rooster crowed.
After falling asleep in the garden when Jesus asked him to stay awake and keep watch, Peter quickly pulled out his sword and cut off Malchus’ ear while Jesus was being arrested. Think about that. With all those men with authority present, Peter didn’t think; he just acted and Jesus told him that the scriptures would be fulfilled. In verse 56, we are told that all of the disciples ran and left Jesus alone. He followed Jesus ‘from a distance’ as He was taken to Caiaphas.
He waited and watched from the courtyard outside. Peter remembered what Jesus had predicted when he heard the rooster crow and cried bitterly. From this point in his life to a changed Peter in Acts 2, he transformed. There are times in life when you have to decide to either keep on the same path, or make a transformation to stop doing worldly things and live your life how God wants.
Peter preached Jesus Christ and about 3,000 were baptized. Peter continued to encourage the people, teaching salvation through Jesus Christ. The people were amazed at the miracles the apostles were doing and were being saved daily. Peter wrote to be on guard and be diligent in the Lord. (2 Peter 3)
Dear Lord our Heavenly Father, help us to see Your ways and the path You would have for us. Help us to live the transformed life as we grow in knowledge and truth. Help us have the zeal and determination Peter had while we continue our Christian transformation. In Jesus’ name, Amen