The apostle Peter is infamous in Scripture for "hoof in mouth disease" and denying Jesus, but his track record and testimony is so much bigger than that. When Jesus saw Simon, the fisherman, Jesus saw what most people saw as flaws, and turned them into strengths. He can do that with us! What made a candidate for leadership. What made Peter a great candidate for leadership? 1. He was willing to speak up (Boldness). He might not get it right every time; he may not say it right; he always had an opinion; but at least he spoke up! He was willing to be wrong, rather than not be counted. He wanted people to know where he stood. Except for one brief lapse in this area, Peter stood up for what he believed in. He took a stand. He talked about his faith. he wasn't afraid to tell anyone what he thought and what he believed. When Jesus asked the apostles about what they believed about Jesus, guess who speaks up?
“But what about you?” (plural) he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”Matt 16:15–16 (NIV).
If you're looking for a leader, look for the one that speaks up first. They may say too much. They may over-do it. They may not say everything right. God can work in and through you to help them with all of that. If they will speak up, they are a great candidate for leadership. Leadership requires boldness. Without it, they won't be able to lead. If they will speak up, people will listen; people will follow
"Then Peter stepped forward with the eleven other apostles and shouted to the crowd, 'Listen carefully, all of you, fellow Jews and residents of Jerusalem!..'" Acts 2:14 (NLT)
The apostles did; then Jerusalem did; then the rest of the world did; and within one generation, with Jesus' influence and the Spirit's power, He had led a movement that turned the world upside down.
Who speaks up first around you?
Who's the most vocal?
Which one of your children is most bossy?
Who's got an opinion about everything?
You just might have just spotted a leader.
Stay tuned for part two of this post tomorrow!