The Peter Principle

“Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus. Then said Jesus unto Peter, “Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?”

(John 18:10-11)  

It’s clear that Peter acted hastily.  Perhaps somewhat less apparent, is that Jesus Himself was grooming His disciples, including Peter, to be leaders.

There is no greater example of leadership than what we have in Christ.  Just think; a handful of men actually got to spend a few years of their lives in personal apprenticeship with the greatest Leader of all time.

His disciples didn’t just read about Him, they didn’t just hear about Him; they actually walked with Him.  For as many as three years they ate with Him, they watched Him, they drank with Him, they listened to Him, they talked to Him and they followed Him; imagine what that must have been like. . .

Today we answer an altar-call, or we pray, and we walk away feeling empowered; imagine what it must have been like to actually walk and live with the God of all creation. . .

Jesus’ disciples saw Him in action, they didn’t hear about Him through third parties or social media – they were right there.

Prior to Gethsemane, Jesus let them know, in no uncertain terms, that basic-training was about to be over.

They knew that they were on the cusp of a changing-of-the-guard.  They knew He had to go, so that they could receive an endowment.

He was preparing them to take over for Him here.  They were on the threshold of the biggest promotion of their lives.

Peter was feeling good about himself when Malcus came to arrest Jesus.

Have you ever felt so, “In the cut,”  that you just thought you knew what your next move was supposed to be?  Have you ever found out later that you were wrong?

Peter had a strong sense of who he was and Who he was with.  He felt empowered; and he cut a man’s ear off.

In today’s vernacular, what he did would be like physically assaulting the police officer that came to arrest your friend.

Peter did this without thinking twice.  However passionate; Peter’s actions were more than inappropriate.

Peter took his focus off the vision God gave him. He was no longer following God’s purpose.

How many times have we done that?

It is incumbent upon us to take the time and weigh out every situation; ensuring that we have our Lord’s heart before ever taking action.

If we do that; If we’ll take the time to inquire of the Lord, we may just find that the very person we were about to cut-down, is the very person God wants to build up.

Thanks for reading,

May God bless you richly.


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