Cephas (Peter) literally translated is ‘stone’ — his narrative strikes a chord with each and all, there’s a backstory that transcends the boundaries of any past, his race to the finish line is worth our wonder and applause. It’s his second Epistle that has captured my attention as I write.
His introduction is captivating, filled with a Biblical truth that is often overlooked… serving is everything, when serving is beneath us, leading is beyond us. I Peter, a rock and apostle, a servant of Jesus Christ.
He goes further to establish our salvation through Christ brings grace and peace in bucket loads. Why do we spend our lives searching for something that was found when you considered Calvary and accepted Christ? A great and precious promise!
The letter goes on to express a reach for a display of goodness, knowledge and self-control, perseverance, godliness, mutual affection, and love — something to aim for. He wraps this section with a call to action, “make every effort to confirm your calling and election.” This statement bids us to consider the plan of God for each of us, to consecrate our lives, our plans, our hopes, and dreams — it asks us to surrender for heavens plans.
Peter continues to build his themes talking truth and inspiring us to reach for all of it.
Verse sixteen is where I want to camp: “for we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord in power, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty.” Did you catch that? Eyewitnesses to His majesty! Early in the book of Acts, Peter’s standing before a group of hecklers and dissidents declares the same, “I can only tell you what I’ve seen and heard” — these statements are built on experience, first hand, life changing God moments that are eternal. Can you remember a time when you were an eyewitness to His majesty? A time when the touch of Jesus left a permanent mark on your soul. Can you remember that time when time stood still and you stood on holy ground?
This line of questioning has a purpose. Its design is to rekindle a fire that may have flamed out. Life does that sometimes, throws water on God moments that He wants us to keep alight. I connect with Peter who keeps confirming his calling by telling the story of the one who called him. He remembers the majesty of his God and King, his Saviour that met him one morning when Peter had nothing.
I wonder what you’ve witnessed along the way, the God moments that highlight the wonder of His majesty? These moments that we frame like a photo to acknowledge the moment and its significance.
Maybe you need to dust off the frames on the mantel piece so we remember what He has done.