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Peter is probably most infamous for denying Jesus three times, but there were plenty of other times when he said the wrong thing at the wrong time. Jesus even called him Satan once (Matthew 16:21-28). But in spite of Peter's many mistakes, Jesus kept him very close; He alone knew Peter’s potential.

In Acts 9 we see Peter in a very different light. He has finally fulfilled the potential that Jesus saw in him all along. While traveling the countryside, Peter heals Aeneas, who had been bedridden for eight years: "Then the whole population of Lydda and Sharon saw Aeneas walking around, and they turned to the Lord." (Acts 9:35 NLT). Right after that, in the next town over, he raises a woman named Tabitha from the dead: "The news spread through the whole town, and many believed in the Lord." (Acts 9:42 NLT).

Jesus gives Peter the power to perform miracles for one purpose: so that those who witnessed the miracle or heard about the miracle from someone they trusted would believe in Him. Peter was a regular guy, just like you and me. Jesus still uses regular people today to perform miracles. Addictions are broken, marriages are restored, prodigal children are reunited with their parents.

As followers of Jesus, we are given opportunities every day to be a part of some miracle He is working in somebody’s life. We just need to pay attention so we don't miss out on it.

Reflect:

  • What biblical character do you relate most with? How did God use that person to achieve His purposes?
  • Are you allowing God to use you? If so, how? If not, what do you feel is stopping you?

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