At first this question sounds super heretical. But this question arose during my young adult group as we read this passage:
after Peter preached to the crowd about Jesus’ death and resurrection…
“When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, ‘Brothers, what shall we do?’ Peter replied, ‘Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off – for all whom the Lord our God will call.’ With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, ‘Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.’ Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.” Acts 2: 37-41
The question asked was, “Who was better at building the church, Jesus or Peter?”
If you’re like me, you feel like you can’t ever NOT say Jesus. He’s always the right answer. I mean it’s Jesus. He was the best at everything, right?
However, in reading this Scripture, you have to agree that Peter was better at building the church. But the thing is, it’s OK that Peter was better at building the church. Since that was Peter’s job, not Jesus’.
Jesus’ purpose was to come and show us how to live, to retrain the current thinking pattern of society, then to be thrown into the hands of the rulers and be persecuted and hung on a cross – only to rise three days later. In doing this, he provided SALVATION for ALL mankind. Something that hadn’t happened before. Jesus created a NEW way of gaining access to heaven. That was his job.
In realizing this, it reminded me that it’s OK if I’m not doing what everybody else is doing. The calling for each one of us is different. Even Jesus wasn’t called to do everything. He came and fulfilled his purpose, and did it wonderfully at that. Don’t get caught up in trying to fulfill other’s callings that were never meant for you to accomplish. Pursue the path that the Lord has marked for you, and you alone. Pursue it with vigor, and faith – believing that yes, this is a special task for you. Individualized for your gift set, your personality and your quirks. Embrace it. When we do that which we are specifically called to, the results could be astounding.
about three thousand were added to their number that day.