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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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April 16, 2013 - Transformed Identity

By Doug Clay

I love the books of 1 and 2 Peter because I love Peter. Peter is one of the brightest success stories of Jesus' mentoring program.

When Peter first came to Jesus, he was crude, outspoken and unpredictable. But by the time Jesus sent the Holy Spirit upon His church, He chose Peter to be the spokesperson for this experience. The Lord used Peter to pastor one of the first churches ever recorded and it was a megachurch!

What was it that caused an insecure leader who cowered in fear and denied Christ when a servant girl identified him as one of the Lord's followers to become the spokesperson for the baptism in the Holy Spirit and who died, being executed upside down, because he felt unworthy to die in the same manner as his Lord?

There are clues in his writings.

1. His security was in the Lord.

At one time Peter drew his self-worth from the attention others gave him. But you see his security in God through 1 Peter 2:9,10 (NLT): "But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God's very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. 'Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God's people. Once you received no mercy; now you have received God's mercy.'"

2. He took joy in serving others.

At one time Peter was so self-centered he would maneuver himself just to sit next to Jesus. But you see his servant's heart in 1 Peter 4:9-11: "Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay. God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen."

3. He valued humility as a priceless leadership commodity.

At one time, Peter's ego was so big, he felt the need to always be the first to speak, and to give the right answers so he would look good. But you see his humility in high definition via 1 Peter 5:3,5,6: "Don't lord it over the people assigned to your care, but lead them by your own good example. ... In the same way, you younger men must accept the authority of the elders. And all of you, serve each other in humility, for 'God opposes the proud but favors the humble.' So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor."

The life and writings of Peter should be a mandatory study for anyone who wants to be a spiritual leader.

— Doug Clay is general treasurer of the Assemblies of God.

 

 

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