Peter is an archetypal evangelist – the original “fisher of men” – but we have to be careful which Peter we follow. For much of the Gospels Peter shows himself to be a brash, unthinking witness who, at times, reflects Satan’s will as much as God’s! (Matthew 16:17, 23) The night before Jesus dies, Peter makes oaths of undying loyalty and then denies his Lord to all and sundry. It’s only by undergoing the Easter journey himself that Peter becomes the evangelist he’s meant to be. Only on the far side of his failures and only by receiving Christ’s resurrection peace does Peter become the gospel minister he was meant to be. It will be the same for us. If we seek to be “fishers of men” in our own strength we will fail. But if we bring our failures to the risen Christ, He can humble us and raise us up to be the witnesses we’re meant to be. The world needs more Peters – but not pre-Easter Peters. We need the humbled and reconciled Peters of John 21 who are established on the basis of Christ’s love and forgiveness.
PRAY to know the humbling,reconciling love of Jesus and that this would send you out as a pastoral “fisher of men”!