How would you like to have these things added to your spiritual resume?:
· Literally followed Jesus everywhere he went for three years
· Walked on water toward Jesus
· Saw the risen Christ in the flesh
· Was personally restored to fellowship by said risen Christ after betraying Him
· Spoke in tongues toward the salvation of 3000 people in one day
· Laid hands on the Samarian believers and they received the Spirit
· Cast out demons
· Healed the lame
· Raised a woman from the dead
I would trust a guy who had done all these things. In fact, I would assume that this was a man who had “arrived” and had all his theological crackers in a stack. It is obvious by his resume that Peter was being mightily used by God, but he still had some major lessons to learn, even after all of these things took place.
In Acts 10, Peter traveled to Joppa, and there he had a vision. He saw what appeared to be a giant sheet with all sorts of unclean animals and heard a voice telling him to kill and eat some of them. (I shall take it as a personal sign that this passage was meant to speak to me, too, because “Pigs in a blanket” is one of my favorite foods.) Peter refused, but the voice said “What God has called clean, you must not call common.”
Peter was naturally perplexed at this vision, until three Gentiles knocked at the door. These men had been sent by a Roman Centurion who had been seeking the Lord. Peter then understood that the vision meant that he was to take the Gospel to the Gentiles.
Do you realize that other than the resurrection itself, this was possibly the biggest game-changer in the history of Israel and redemptive history? This changed everything and this revelation was given to a man who seemingly, should have already known everything. In fact, I think Peter was shocked as well as he reminded the Gentiles that even they well-knew how unlawful it was for him to even eat with them, much less give them the keys to the Kingdom of God! Peter even had to go on to defend his actions to the rest of the apostles in chapter 11. This was a very big deal! But sanctification requires change, and Peter was willing to change when God told him to.
I wonder how many “big deal” moments we miss when we aren’t constantly seeking the Lord and his truth above all. I don’t know about you, but I certainly have never witnessed or performed the miracles that Peter did, and I’ve never hung out with Jesus in the flesh for three years. So, I imagine I have much to learn and can never assume God is done teaching me little things or paradigm-changing things.
God’s word is full of amazing truths. What are you missing out on?