Acts 2:38, 41, “Peter replied, ‘Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’ Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.”
“God can use anybody – even when they feel like a nobody – to be somebody that can influence everybody!”
It is a common misconception that God can no longer use us once we’ve messed up. Many of us think that our disobedience disqualifies us. But today’s passage shows us that the opposite is true. Jesus can and will use anyone who is willing to rely on His power rather than their own.
This week, we have been reflecting on the roller coaster ride of Peter’s faith journey. We learned that, despite Peter’s rejection of Jesus and his wavering faith, Jesus came looking for him and found him fishing. He called out to him and, with a loving heart, He reminded him that his purpose hadn’t changed. He was still a fisher of men! Through Peter, Christ built the first church.
After his first sermon, Peter led 3,000 people to give their lives to Christ in one day! He was simply a regular person who was willing to answer Jesus’ call. Peter’s life reminds us that God wants to use us, regardless of our past, to produce results above and beyond our greatest expectations.
We wouldn’t be where we are today without the faith of the trailblazing Christ-followers who came before us. Who are some other “ordinary” people that God has used to impact you? Reach out to at least one of them today to thank them for being available and willing to be used by God.
Dear God, I praise you for continuing to believe in me and use me despite my mess-ups. Help me rely on Your power to produce radical results in my life and the lives of those around me. Thank You for Your Church and the impact it has had on my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.