“Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.”… (Luke 5:8)
Well, that was exactly what Peter said to Jesus.
It was meant to be a confession, but they were out in the middle of the sea on a boat.
But for the man who confessed and repented, Jesus said to him –
“Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men.” (Luke 5:10)
In considering how Jesus makes disciples, we can observe His wisdom and grace.
Peter’s upfront confession showed us his heart and attitude – meekness.
Peter’s meekness qualifies himself for good discipleship materials for Jesus.
Peter’s public confession of his sin before Jesus meant he was prepared to walk the path of unconditional repentance before God and do what Jesus said.
This meekness in our hearts will open up the way for good relationship between man and God.
This meekness in our hearts is what we need to be effective disciples for Jesus.
People whose hearts and ears are open to God have great potential.
While the world system preferred institutional recognition and economic value, Jesus considered meekness as an important value of human potential.
Among all the learned class of those days, there were many scholars and teachers of the law who could continue the teaching ministry of Jesus.
But God was looking at the hearts and souls of people.
Through such meekness, Jesus taught His disciple real in-depth trust and fellowship with God.
The right relationship with God is the key to Jesus’ kind of discipleship.
It was obvious while Jesus was training Peter; there were neither manuals nor methodology but learning to fellowship with God in truth and reality, with that attitude of meekness.
That made them effective disciples.
Compare Peter with the teachers of the laws of his days – they had all the knowledge about God, they knew when the Messiah should appear, but with Jesus standing right in front of them they could not accept and trust that this is the Messiah sent by God.
It was obvious their learning path lack fellowship with God in truth and reality.
Let’s look at some of the experiences Peter had –
The Transfiguration of Jesus (Luke 9:28), Peter was there along with James and John.
You can’t have that experience in classroom teaching session.
Peter had remained in close fellowship with Jesus to have that chance.
It is possible and true even till today; Peter is the only other person who ever walk on water together with Jesus in that same time and space (Matthew 14:28‐29).
Peter trusted the words of Jesus as rock solid and step out of the boat.
Where did Peter learn to trust Jesus like that?
That fellowship experience Peter had with God through Jesus taught him to trust and obey.
Peter had that meekness to trust Jesus.
Peter acknowledged Christ as the Messiah (Luke 9:20), while the Jewish leadership rejected.
Isn’t it amazing, the very same group of people who disclosed to Herod and the wise men where “the King of the Jews” would be born (Matthew 2:1-6) rejected Jesus as the Messiah.
Meekness, Trust and Fellowship with God
Peter knew to trust and obey Jesus was to walk in meekness, obedient and repentance.
That meekness had brought Peter into deeper trust and fellowship with God.
That trust and fellowship with God made Peter a wonderful disciple.
All these experiences Peter and his friends went through with Jesus, those events which were recorded in the Gospel; these were just the highlights among other countless discipleship sessions.
Jesus mentored and trained Peter in the way Peter will grew in trust and fellowship of God and developed deeper relationship with the heavenly Father.
Jesus wanted disciples who can pass on the reality and fellowship of God to the next generations.
For the Jewish leaders who rejected Jesus as the Messiah, they had all the knowledge of the law to be called scholars but they missed the highlights – fellowship and friendship with God.
Peter may have started out as a fisher man, and his academics may be worse off than any one of those attendants at synagogue.
But Peter had that meekness which granted him the opportunity to learn life’s most valuable lessons
Fellowship with God
Discipleship with Jesus
It was a difficult journey for master and disciple, not everything went well.
Peter at the Last Supper knowing that Jesus will be betrayed and handed to the Romans, vowed to go all the way with Jesus. Nevertheless Peter stumbled at his own promise to Jesus.
Peter was ashamed of his own acts of denial towards Jesus (Luke 22.34), grief stricken and went back to fishing.
But Peter had not forgotten His fellowship and discipleship experience with Jesus.
Jesus restored Peter and said –
“Feed my sheep”. (John 21:17)
Peter in meekness of heart obeyed and continued Jesus’ vision.
For all the discipleship and fellowship Peter had learn of Jesus, he remembered for life and pass on the same to the next generations.
Peter was an example of meekness and effective discipleship with Jesus.
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