God changed Peter from a common fisherman to an anointed miracle worker. Peter was a great Christian but for all his greatness his faith journey was punctuated with episodes of doubt and struggle. God stayed with Peter, step-by-step, and transformed him from new convert to mature believer.
God transformed Peter and he can do the same for you.
Peter was a common fisherman.
The Bible’s first mention of Peter is in Matthew 4 which describes him as a fisherman in Galilee. Peter was casting a net into the lake when Jesus approached him and issued an invitation. Matthew 4:19-20 records the moment: “’Come, follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will make you fishers of men.’ At once they left their nets and followed him.’”
Peter was called by Christ in the midst of his daily labor—his was a workplace conversion.
Peter was ready to meet God as evidenced by his decision to leave his nets at once. There was no coaxing, no pressure, and no theological discussions. Peter followed the man who stood before him.
Peter struggled with his faith.
All of us have struggled with our faith and Peter was no different.
For example, Satan targeted Peter in Caesarea Philippi and misled him regarding one of Jesus’ teachings. Mark 8:32 records that Peter was so deceived by Satan that “Peter took him [Jesus] aside and began to rebuke him.”
Peter, the great apostle, literally rebuked Jesus face-to-face. Jesus’ response to Peter follows immediately in Mark 8:33:
But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan” he said. “You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.”
Peter was one of only two disciples whom Jesus rebuked, the other was Judas. Judas ultimately betrayed Jesus, but Peter became his apostle.
God still used Peter.
God never gave up on Peter and he accomplished many things through Peter’s new and born-again life. Here are three examples:
First, after Christ’s Ascension and after the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, Peter ministered in Jerusalem. He preached his first sermon and Acts 2:41 tells us:
Three thousand new Christians were brought into the Kingdom through the ministry of a man who less than two months earlier denied that he even knew Christ (Mk 14:71).
Second, a few days later, Acts 3:6 records Peter’s healing of a crippled beggar at the temple gate:
Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.”
The man got up and walked.
Third, in Acts 9:40, God used Peter in Joppa to raise Tabitha from the dead:
Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up.
God did all of this through a recently converted fisherman who struggled with his faith. The God who used Peter can do the same with every other believer.
Like Peter, God saved you and he is transforming you. God can accomplish great things through you regardless of your background or personal struggles.