We all know ‘that’ guy. The one who is cool one moment, but has a hair trigger of a temper and you have no idea what is going to set him off or when. It could be a guy or girl. I know people like that and thought, “Man, I would’ve liked to get to know or hang out with this person, but I have not seen evidence of loyalty to anything or anyone.” If I feel like it may not be a worthwhile investment, I simply don’t invest.
This is not just a business strategy, but the way I look at friendship, as well. Friendship is an investment similar to a business. Like money for a business, you pour yourself into it and when you need support or ready to collect, it is there. The longer you have and nurture the friendship, the stronger it becomes.
Jesus has a unique way of picking friends. He had many followers and out of those, He picked the 12. Of the 12, Peter stands out to me as one I personally would not have invested in or at least not had for very long. He was one that had to be babysat a lot and required a whole lot of patience. However, Jesus saw something in him. Peter was willing to follow Jesus, but did not truly believe. But Jesus still saw something in him. He lost sight of Jesus on the water, but Jesus still saw something in him. Peter acting vengefully cut the ear off of a soldier instead of seeing that the prophecy had to have been fulfilled. Jesus still saw something in him. Peter claimed if Jesus died that he would die with him, then denied Him three times. Jesus still saw something in him. Later, Peter was preaching and witnessing and had to be admonished for giving into peer pressure, but Jesus saw something in him.
GOD knows you and loves you, regardless.
I am so thankful the LORD does not follow my criteria of friendship. He sees who and what we can become through Him and then gives us that change to actually do it with His strength to make sure we accomplish it.
Try reading I Peter and keep in mind Peter’s previous reputation and then notice the change he experienced in the second chapter of Acts. Remember who he was before, then who he became after he was filled with the Holy Spirit. His sermon in Acts 2 was powerful and full of authority. After reading his transformation via Holy Spirit in Acts 2, read I Peter. Here we read how the power of GOD has given him boldness and words to speak to any who will listen.
Here is just a sample of I Peter 3-9:
"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls."
Look at the words of Peter and the boldness with the knowledge of authority given by GOD. I know I probably would have given up on Peter, but thankfully Jesus did not. He knew the potential and Peters desire to know and share the Truth. Jesus knew who Peter really was. So, next time you think you are lost and alone and feel like giving up, know that Jesus never gave up on you and doesn’t plan to. He knows you better than you do. Peter even gave up, but GOD let Peter know that He knew his name. GOD knows you and loves you, regardless. Yield to Him and he will direct you in ways you never dreamed of. He is the change you need.