Skip to comments.Building a Leader: The Right Lessons (Peter)
Posted on 05/09/2020 8:53:18 AM PDT by metmom
The twelve apostles included "Simon, who is called Peter" (Matt. 10:2).
Peter learned five lessons that every believer must also learn.
We have seen that God uses our experiences to mold us into more effective Christians and leaders. Using Peter as our example, let's briefly look at five lessons we can learn from our experiences: submission, restraint, humility, sacrifice, and love.
Leaders tend to be confident and aggressive, so they must learn to submit to authority. Jesus illustrated that by telling Peter to go fishing and look for a coin in the mouth of the first fish he caught (Matt. 17:24-27). He was to use that coin to pay their taxes. Peter was a citizen of God's Kingdom, but he needed an object lesson in submitting to governmental authorities.
When the soldiers came to arrest Jesus, Peter grabbed a sword and would have fought the entire group if Jesus hadn't restrained him. Peter needed to learn to entrust His life to the Father, just as Christ was doing.
Peter bragged that he would never leave or forsake Christbut he did. Perhaps humility was the most painful lesson he had to learn.
Jesus told Peter that he would die as a martyr (John 21:18-19). From that day forward Peter knew his life was on the line, yet he was willing to make the necessary sacrifice and minister anyway.
Leaders tend to be task oriented and often are insensitive to people. Peter was that way, so Jesus demonstrated love by washing his feet and instructing him to do loving deeds for others (John 13:6-9, 34).
Submission, restraint, humility, sacrifice, and love should be characteristic of every believerno matter what role he or she has within the Body of Christ. I pray they are characteristic of your life, and that you will constantly seek to grow in those graces as God continues His work in you.
Suggestions for Prayer
Spiritual lessons are sometimes painful to learn, but God is patient and gracious. Thank Him for His patience and thank Him also for Christ, who is the perfect example of what we should be.
For Further Study
Peter learned his lesson well. Read 1 Peter 2:13-18, 21-23; 4:8, 16; and 5:5. What can you learn from Peter's instructions on submission, restraint, love, sacrifice, and humility?
Studying God’s Word ping
It’s hard not to fight the powers that be when your country was founded on the principles of Jesus Christ. I think that if you keep it below the level of outright violence for violence sake and not for defending your liberties then you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do. Until the Return we have to provide the environment for more souls to be saved.
Grace to You,
Makes one Think.
Souls are still being saved in China, which has the 'wrong' environment. Historically, an environment of persecution is the standard environment for believers throughout scripture.
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