I hold the Apostle Peter in high esteem. If I ever got the opportunity to meet him on the street, I would probably be tongue-tied. Likely I’d just stand and stare. This is a guy who was one of Jesus’ closest men. Peter knew Jesus intimately. His shadow touched people and they were healed. This isn’t like your one friend who is a total knucklehead. I know he made some big mistakes, but that was pre-Pentecost. The fact is that Peter is one of the guys on whose shoulders we now stand. His testimony and his words inspire us nearly 2000 years after he went on to glory. I would consider my life to be of great value if I could inspire people in even a small fraction of the way Peter did. He was a hero of gigantic proportions.
That’s why I find this statement that he wrote to be so fascinating. He’s saying that our faith – yours and mine – is of equal standing with his. We aren’t second-class. We’re not the also-rans. There are no top-notch folks and then the rest of us. Our faith is of equal standing with Peter and the gang.
Part of the reason that we don’t generally see ourselves like that is because we compare our mess-ups with other people’s highlight reels. But God doesn’t see us like that. And it’s not because we’re intrinsically good. No, in fact we’re really, really bad. But we’re redeemed, and that’s the point. Simply because of Christ’s sacrifice, we have obtained a faith of equal standing with Peter.