The Principle of Humility – Part 3

One day Jesus got onto Peter’s boat and used it to preach the Word of God to the people who were listening on the shore. At the end of his message Jesus asked Peter to let down his net for a catch of fish. Peter was not confident that he would catch any fish since he had worked so hard the previous night with out any success. However, since Jesus told him to do so, he went ahead and let down his net and surprisingly enough Peter and the rest of the other fishermen caught a lot of fish.

At that very moment Peter noticed that by letting Jesus into his affairs somehow made things  work out well for him. Due to all this, Peter was convicted of his own sinfulness and this is clearly seen in his response to Jesus. In Luke 5:8 the Bible says, “When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord”. Peter was humble enough to see his sinful state in the presence of Jesus as the power of God was manifested. 

Later in the book of Acts Peter still shows us the same attitude of humility. Peter never really wanted to take credit for what God was doing in his ministry. He was careful to give God the glory for the miracle of healing at the Temple gate called Beautiful.  Peter was still humble to acknowledge that the miracle was manifested not by his own power or holiness. He responded to the people with a humble spirit by explaining what they were seeing.

In Acts 3:12 the Bible says, “And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk”. Peter understood that this was not something from his personal virtues. He knew that this was from God and that it was by God’s ability or holiness.