John Maxwell Profiles in Leadership: Peter – Plunge In

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By John C. Maxwell

John 21

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Was Peter battling disappointment and discouragement over failing the Lord as he fished fruitlessly all night long? Did he feel he lacked the courage or right to be a leader of Jesus’ disciples?

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It didn’t matter—everything changed when Jesus showed up and Peter plunged into the water. By diving out of that boat, it was like Peter was saying:

  • I’ve thought about it long enough.
  • I’ve let it eat me up long enough.
  • I’m tired of living like this.
  • I’m ready to leave my past behind.

Peter was ready to take the plunge and start serving Christ well.

How can you make that all-important turn? Learn from what Jesus said to Peter:

  1. “Do you love Me?” (v. 16). Wake up to your problem. As a spiritual leader, you regain influence when you return to loving Jesus first and foremost.
  2. “Do you love Me more than these?” (v. 15). Make up your mind to focus on Christ. Don’t waste time comparing yourself to others. Focus solely on following Jesus and doing what he requires of you.
  3. “Feed My sheep” (v. 17). Take up your ministry. Love Jesus by serving and loving others.
  4. “You follow Me” (v. 22). Let Jesus lead. Get up, be obedient to Jesus’ calling, and give him control of your agenda.
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The above is adapted from The Maxwell Leadership Bible / Third Edition by John C. Maxwell (@JohnCMaxwell). Copyright © 2002, 2007, 2018 by Maxwell Motivation, Inc. Used by permission of Thomas Nelson. www.thomasnelson.com.


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