This morning we started a new study in our Sunday school class. We are using On This Rock it's about the disciple Peter. We discussed that Peter was very much like any ordinary man. He had a home, a job, and he made mistakes, many of which related to his impulsiveness.
He had a knack for saying and doing things impetuously. I can totally related to sticking my hand up and saying the wrong thing or volunteering to do something, like walk on water, to some how lose faith, and start sinking. I thought it was important to note that Peter was the first disciple and that even though he denied Jesus he was forgiven and went out to lead many to to Christ.
We were ask to think about what discipleship means and how we can grow as disciples of Christ. My understanding of a disciple is that it is anyone who who accepts and assists in spreading the doctrines of Jesus Christ. I think this is something that we can all do.
In our children's moments this morning Barb had a paper bag and the kids had to guess what she had inside the bag. She gave them lots of clues and finally they guess that she had a light bulb in her bag. She talk to them about how important it is for us to share the light of Christ and not keep it hidden.
I thought that was a wonderful analogy for how many of us tend to hid the light and not share it with others. I think most times I afraid of what others will think and I, like Peter, deny Christ. I don't blatantly deny Him, but I do deny Him by not sharing when the oppertunity presents itself.
Peter was ordinary, as am I and he was called, as am I. I pray that I hear that call and answer it with a life of Christian discipleship.