Well, I mentioned in my previous post, Why I Decided To Take A 21 Day Social Media Fast, that I fully expected to hear God speak to me. And He is.
Shortly, after that post, I decided to listen to a sermon. The Spirit pressed on my heart to listen to Christine Caine. I was not very familiar with Christine Caine. I had first heard her speak when I was listening to Elevation’s Code Orange Revival back in 2016, during my last social media fast. I remember that her message was powerful, but I was also distracted because she was a woman. If this is your first time visiting my blog, I mentioned that growing up, I was taught that women are not supposed to preach. It is a mindset that I have had to retrain.
I went to Youtube, and put Christine Caine in the search box, and I listened to a sermon that struck my very core. The interesting thing, is that, earlier that morning, I was reading the account of Jesus’ last moments with his disciples. Jesus told Peter that he would deny even knowing him three times. In Luke 22:60-61 says,
Immediately, while he was still speaking, a rooster crowed. The Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had told him, “Before a rooster crows today, you will deny Me three times.”
Jesus looked at Peter, and Peter, I imagine, felt a piercing in his soul. I am sure he felt that similar piercing, when Jesus asked him three times if he loved Him (John 21:15-17). That is what I felt listening to this sermon. He reminded me yet again, “I have called you! Why are you trying to do the old thing, when I have told you that I am doing a NEW THING? I am preparing you for what I have prepared for you, and because the process takes longer than you expect, you decided to return to fishing.” Ouch!
I had never really identified with Peter. He’s a bit of a spitfire, talkative, kind of guy. So not me! But when reading John 21:1-11, I realized we are more similar than I ever realized! When Peter didn’t know what else to do, he simply returned to where he was comfortable, and Jesus had to call him out again, and remind him of what he was called to do.
Same, Peter. Same.