Just the Same
“Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours.” 2 Peter 1:1
It is a well-known fact that the disciple Peter served in Christ’s inner circle. They were close. Very close. It wasn’t that Peter, James or John were more important in Christ’s work than the other nine disciples. In fact, Christ had many followers. Men and women loved and served Him. The truth is Christ simply found a special connection with these three. You could say they were His prayer partners. Well, when they stayed awake long enough to pray. (Mark 14:32-41)
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I read the bible and think, “I can never measure up to those God called to lead or to the ones Christ hand selected while He walked the earth.” This train of thought seems to be prevalent in today’s churches. We believe that, somehow, the Pastor is the most important. Or the Elders or Deacons carry more weight in God’s eyes. While they may carry more weight in human leadership, they aren’t more “precious” to Christ than is anyone else. I am not saying we shouldn’t respect those in authority. The bible teaches we should respect and honor authority. My point is if we are saved by the grace of our Christ Jesus, we are just as saved as anyone else.
We are equal in the sight of God.
The difference may be roles or spiritual gifts. There is no doubt that those with the more visible spiritual gifts or verbal roles seem to carry more weight while we are on earth. But, in God’s kingdom, our faith is just as precious as anyone else’s in the eyes of God.
As children of God, I encourage everyone to chip in to get His message across. We must find the confidence we need to accomplish His work while we are here through the means He provides to each of us. Someday, regardless of the role we played on earth, we will all rejoice together in His presence. Knowing and believing this: we can stand firm in our faith because we are all precious in His sight.