In Matthew 4:18–20, Jesus commanded Peter to drop everything and follow Him—when the Almighty Creator of the universe commands, obedience is the only option—and He would make him a fisher of men. Peter did obey Jesus, and he became a great fisher of men. He didn’t just stay in the upper room and pray for people to get saved, he didn’t just start a church and invite people to come, and he certainly didn’t take his wife to Rome and become the first pope. He went out on the street and preached the gospel.
In Acts 2, Peter went to downtown Jerusalem and open-air preached that Jesus had risen from the dead. On that day, 3,000 people were born again. He wasn’t the invited speaker; he just stood up and preached the gospel. Another divine appointment is described in Acts 10. Peter went to Cornelius and his family to explain the gospel. While he was still speaking, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they were saved.
Were these people saved because they had a long-term friendship with Peter? Did they see how much Christians loved each other, and they wanted to be a part of it? I don’t think so. They realized they were sinners deserving of hell, and the Good News was really good news to them. They understood that they desperately needed their sins to be forgiven. They repented and put their faith in Jesus.
The Bible tells us what brings people to salvation:
- Godly sorrow (2 Corinthians 7:10).
- God’s kindness (Romans 2:4).
- The law (Galatians 3:24).
- The gospel (Romans 1:16).
- The message of the cross (1 Corinthians 1:18 )
- The LORD (2 Samuel 22:3).
- The Holy Scriptures (2 Timothy 3:15).
- The grace of God (Titus 2:11).
The coolness of Christians isn’t anywhere on the list. God saves people when they hear the gospel. If there’s someone we want to get saved, our main task is to make sure they understand what the Bible says about the punishment they deserve, and what God has done to save them.