He saw two boats lying at the edge of the lake; but the fishermen had gotten out of them and were washing their nets.
Jesus chose Peter to lead His new church. 'I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church' (Matthew 16:18).
But Peter made mistakes. More than others. More than anyone, excepting Judas; Peter denied He even knew Jesus at His darkest hour. So, why choose Peter?
Consider 4 big choices Peter made on the very first day he met Jesus. These decisions revealed his character.
Luke Chapter 5 starts when Peter returned from an all-night fishing trip with nothing. Then Jesus (a mysterious Stranger), asked Peter to get back in the water- and take Him a few feet from shore to preach.
Peter agreed to the Preacher's request after a sleepless and frustrating night. How many of us would do the same thing? (Choice #1)
When the new Preacher finished His Teachings, He told Peter to go fishing again. Peter was a seasoned professional. He'd already seen... the fish weren't biting. Still, he agreed: 'I will do as you say' (v.5).
Who defers decades of experience to the advice of an unknown Rabbi? Yet he caught 'A great quantity of fish' (v.7). (Choice #2)
Peter's 3rd choice shows his humility. He could have taken the big haul of fish to market and enjoyed a nice profit. Instead, He professed the one true Prophet and considered himself utterly worthless;
'He fell down at Jesus' Feet, saying, 'Go away from me Lord, for I am a sinful man!' (v.8).
In Peter's final choice that day, he 'Forsook all and followed Him' (v.11).
Recap: 4 Saintly Marks Of Leadership
1) Being willing to help other people, even at the most inconvenient times.
2) Realizing we don't know everything, evidenced by choosing faith over facts.
3) Recognizing ourselves as unworthy and undeserving compared to Jesus.
4) Sacrificing life as we have known it to follow Christ... wherever He leads us.
## Why Did Jesus Choose Peter?
NOTE: This is a 2021 update of a 2011 Carey Lewis Devotion. You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players. Mostly true. But you're not merely players. You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Why Did Jesus Choose Peter? series.