Oh, Simon Peter. Who is he? Many things, but most notably he is the one who Jesus says, “you are Peter, and on this rock, I will build my church” as recording in the book of Matthew 16:18. This is Jesus declaring that Peter was going to be a very important part of the Body of Christ, telling people about the life and Jesus and the salvation that only comes through Him. Peter is also the one who Jesus reprimands a few verses later when Jesus is telling the disciples about his coming death. Peter bursts out against what Jesus is saying, “Far be it from you, Lord! this shall never happen to you.” Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! you are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but the things of man.” (Matthew 16:22-23)
Peter is also the one who denies Jesus three times during the night before Jesus’ resurrection. It is hard to believe that a man with some many visible flaws would be chosen to lead the church of Jesus Christ after Jesus died and was raised to life. But this shows us that God can use each one of us, no matter our flaws. In fact, if you look at all of the people God uses throughout the Bible, except Jesus Himself, they are flawed to the core. God is gracious and he is ready and willing to use you for His glory once you are ready and willing to let him.