May 2, 2011

:stand up and speak:

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"then peter stood up with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd..." 
acts 2:14

peter.
a fisherman.
called to fish for people.
peter.
a follower of jesus.
peter.
over zealous...yet afraid when push came to shove.


can you imagine the overwhelming feeling of despair peter must have felt when jesus died and was buried?

what just happened?
this wasn't the plan?
the empire was supposed to change?
we were supposed to lead a revolution?
i thought we were striving for something.
my whole world.....upside down.
dead?
he's dead?
what did the words he spoke mean?
was he really the messiah? the chosen one?
or was he just full of it....and i was gullable?

fast forward a few days...
jesus goes back to the place he first called peter.
jesus calls him again.
peter... "what about that guy?"
jesus: "if i want him to remain alive until i return, what is that to you? you must follow me."

fast forward a bit more....
"then peter stood up with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd..."

you have a voice.
jesus is calling you... "follow me."
no matter your mistakes.
no matter your history.
no matter your doubt.
no matter your fears.
"follow me."
use your voice.
speak to the crowd....or the one.
"follow me."

2 comments:

words are like honey, sweet to my soul, so feel free to share yours.