I’ve spent some time this week looking at the first letter of Peter in the New Testament. That’s the same Peter who was called by Jesus to become a ‘fisher of men’ along with the other disciples whom Jesus chose. Interestingly, Luke tells us that Peter’s initial reaction to seeing Jesus at work in the miraculous was one of fear and trepidation; he fell to his knees and said, ‘Go away from me Lord, I am a sinful man!’ (Luke 5:8) After three years of discipleship, and with many mistakes under his belt, Peter addresses the crowd in Acts 2 and preaches a profound sermon (from Joel 2) with courage, conviction and a powerful anointing! It really is a different Peter who emerges from his time with Jesus. He shakes off the mistakes and characteristics that previously hindered him and he grabs hold of his destiny with intention and enthusiasm, aided of course by the Holy Spirit and others with a similar call.
A significant clue as to how Peter had been able to process and apply the call upon his life is found in 1 Peter1:13, where he exhorts, ‘Prepare your minds for action, be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.’ It is clear from these words that Peter sees the importance of a focused mindset. If you feel distracted today, I encourage you to ‘plug in’ and focus with expectation on whatever God might want to impart into your life today!