When Peter wrote his two letters encouraging suffering Christian, he began by identifying himself. He called himself an “apostle” and a “bondservant” of Jesus Christ. An “apostle” is simple one who is sent forth by someone else, and a “bondservant” describes a slave. In essence he was saying to them, “I have no identity outside of my relationship and ministry to Jesus Christ.” “Follow Me,” the Master had said, and Peter was off on a great adventure! Other’s might call him “The big fisherman,” but Peter knew he was only a slave, bound to the will and purpose of the King of Glory. His brief and futile attempt to return to fishing (see John 21) was met by the undeniable reality of the Resurrected Lord.
Although Peter has long since followed Jesus all the way to glory, don’t ignore his example. In this self-centered, self-seeking age, we are implored to search for personal identity and human dignity. Whatever Peter’s search may have been, it was forever interrupted by the One who came to “seek and save that which was lost.” Rejoice in the One who found you. It beats trying to find yourself!