When Peter first met Jesus, he was casting nets into the Sea of Galilee. To think about it, Peter’s daily routine probably went something like this: wake up, cast a net, catch some fish, come home, sleep and repeat. Sound familiar? Wake up, go to work or school, come home, go to sleep and repeat. Falling into a routine is normal. But God wants more than normal for us and certainly He had something in mind when it came to Peter. This all changed when Jesus told Peter to follow Him and Peter didn’t hesitate. He dropped his nets and followed Jesus. Peter had no idea what was in store, let only that the Son of God had just asked him to cast aside his life. Could it be that Peter was looking for something new, more purposeful life, but he couldn’t find that life until he met Jesus? An answer we may never know, nor the profound feeling Peter must have had looking upon this stranger.
What can we learn from Peter? We learned from Moses that God calls upon us to use our talents for the betterment of ourselves, others, and God. By dropping his nets and following Jesus, Peter learned God had great plans for his life. Peter was to become the foundation for Christs future church, Matthew 16:18. The routine Peter had become accustomed too no longer mattered. His old life was over and a new life dawned in Christ. He became the foundation for the Church and led thousands of believers as the gospel spread across the earth.
There are three questions we must ask ourselves:
1) Are you stuck in a rut? What do you need to do to break free?
2) Are you lowering your expectation of what God wants to do in you? If so, how?
3) What is Jesus calling you to? What step do you need to take to begin following Him?
When you know what you’re shaped to be, then you know what you ought to be, and you can start focusing on that and make better use of your life. The moment you step across the line spiritually. Like Peter and Moses, the moment you step across the line and put your faith in God, He gives you four major gifts:
Forgiveness. Romans 5:15 says, “For the sin of this one man, Adam, brought death to many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of forgiveness to many through this other man, Jesus Christ”. The first thing Jesus did was wipe out everything you’ve ever done wrong. It’s forgiven! There is no condemnation. When we repent of our sins in a truly meaningful way, God will forgive us.
Eternal life. Going through the struggles of now, it may seem that God is not there. God is there. He has long-range plans for you. We tend to forget His plan and trust during times of trial. Everything we go through has a purpose. Remember, at any moment God could have introduced His son into the world, but He did not. Even Jesus prayed for the burden and suffering He was about to face pass from Him. However, Jesus knew God’s will must be done and did not command the armies of heaven to save Him. It is all part of the plan. The Bible says in Romans 6:23, “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”. You’re never going to work your way or earn your way into Heaven. The only way you’ll ever get into Heaven is by God’s free gift that you accept by faith.
The Holy Spirit. Romans 5:5 says, “God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” How do you know when you’re letting God live through your life? I have come to find that employing love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, and forgiveness the Holy Spirit is working through us.
Talents. In the Bible, these special abilities are called spiritual gifts. These are different from material or physical gifts. They are the abilities you need to get the job done that God wants you to do. Most people who are believers don’t even know they’ve got them, much less what they are. But you have them! The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 12:4-6, “There are different spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit gives them. There are different ways of serving, and yet the same Lord is served. There are different types of work to do, but the same God produces every gift in every person”.
What is a spiritual gift? God has a purpose for your life, and your spiritual gifts are the equipment He gives you to do what He asks you to do. God will never ask you to do something He doesn’t give you the ability to do. With Peter, He knew that the plan was for him to lead the church and Moses to free the slaves from Egypt. Your spiritual gifts or talents are given to you to help other people. It’s like a puzzle. If you have one jigsaw piece missing, what’s the first thing you notice? The one missing piece. If you don’t develop and use your spiritual gifts, then we all get cheated. When we use our talents for the betterment of ourselves, others, and God the more will be yielded to you. If you allow your talents to be wasted, than less is given to you and what you have will be taken.