The first is what I call making them “bible characters.” What do I mean by that? I mean that we can look at them like we look at Snow White or Cinderella.
They aren’t real. I’m not implying that we don’t think the things in the bible actually happened, but don’t think about what David had to go through before he attacked Goliath. Or we don’t think about the real pressure on Peter and Andrew to leave behind their nets. Or we don’t think about how much it hurt Paul to get stoned in nearly every town he got kicked out of.
We believe that this happened, but we just don’t think about the pain, effort, courage and faith that it took to these things. We can forget that they were all normal, real people, just like us, that God used.
They were normal, real people, just like me and you.
They had amazing faith. And that’s the second mistake we make, we don’t think that there is any way that we can faith, like they did. That’s not something that we simply can have.
Listen to what it says today in 2 Peter 1: 1-2:
Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ: May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
Peter, yeah that Peter, says, to those of us that believe, that we have obtained a faith in equal standing as theirs.
Wow. Just think about that for second.
Your faith is equal to Peter’s faith. You are in equal standing to Peter. And Paul. And David. And everyone that you look up to in the Bible. Your faith is equal to theirs.
Now, we need to grow, be faithful, learn, love, be obedient. But these folks in the Bible, they weren’t superheroes. They were normal folks, which God used.
Just like He wants to use me and you today.
Today, our faith is the same faith that they each had. Today, may we live in the hope and power that provides!
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