Monday, Apr. 17
When it comes to change, consider Peter. 2 Pet. 1:13-14. “I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things.” What a change from where he was at the end of John’s gospel. Jesus made it clear to him at that time that he would die on a cross. Peter’s response was “What about John?” He was concerned whether or not John would live longer than he. “Self” was competing with devotion to Christ. Jesus said in essence “It’s none of your business.” Now, after years of spreading the gospel, after teaching and preaching throughout Judea, after suffering much persecution, he realizes that he doesn’t have long to live. And John is still alive. Peter shows no concern about death or the manner of his death, nor is he worried about John. His concern is for the believers who will continue to suffer persecution. Their focus should not be on him, but on living godly lives under fierce persecution. They need to grow in understanding and devotion to God, to become mature in the faith, to be faithful to their calling. I can’t help but think of that first telegraph message sent by Morse code—“What hath God wrought.” Peter’s change was a work of God. So don’t praise Peter. Praise the One who wrought the change.