Read Matthew 16:13-19.
“You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it” (v. 18).
If ever the Auburn football team of 2004 needed a leader, this was the moment.
The Tigers were 2-0 and ranked 14th after wins over Louisiana-Monroe and Mississippi State, but the fourth-ranked LSU Tigers blew into town as the defending national champions and the favorites. For most of the game, they played the part, leading 9-3 when Auburn got the ball at its 40 with only 6:37 to play. If Auburn was truly going to be a championship contender, somebody had to step forward and lead right now. Somebody did.
That somebody was quarterback Jason Campbell, who had “endured considerable criticism and blame throughout the 2003 season and still had so much to prove — not only to the fans, but to his coaches, teammates and himself.” So when Campbell stepped into the huddle with all the pressure of the season on his shoulders, he took charge.
Guard Danny Lindsey remembered that Campbell said, “Y’all get me the best protection you can give because we’re fixin’ to go down and score and win the game.” Said Lindsey, “We believed him.” “When I heard Jason say that,” wide receiver Courtney Taylor said, “I knew it was our time.”
It was. Campbell led the Tigers on the legendary 60-yard drive that pulled out a 10-9 win. Tight end Cooper Wallace said, “Jason definitely showed a lot of leadership right there. He kept talking to us in the huddle, calming us down.” The touchdown came when Campbell hit Taylor with a 16-yard pass with only 1:14 left.
Jason Campbell led the Tigers all the way to an undefeated season.
Every aspect of life that involves people — every organization, every group, every project, every team — must have a leader. If goals are to be reached, somebody must take charge.
The early Christian church was no different. Jesus knew this, so he designated the leader in Simon Peter, who was, in fact, quite an unlikely choice to assume such an awesome, world-changing responsibility. In Twelve Ordinary Men, John MacArthur described Simon as “ambivalent, vacillating, impulsive, unsubmissive.” That
hardly sounds like a man to inspire confidence in his leadership skills. Yet, Peter became, according to MacArthur, “the greatest preacher among the apostles” and the “dominant figure” in the birth of the church.
The implication for your own life is obvious and unsettling. You may think you lack the attributes necessary to make a good leader for Christ. But consider Simon Peter, an ordinary man who allowed Christ to rule his life and became the foundation upon which the Christian church was built.
Leadership, like coaching, is fighting for the hearts and souls of men and getting them to believe in you. — Legendary Grambling coach Eddie Robinson
God’s leaders are men and women who allow Jesus to lead them.