Been reading this morning Matthew 26:69-74 and John 21:15-17
Peter Denies His Lord
69 Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A servant approached him and she said, “You were with Jesus the Galilean too.” 70 But he denied it in front of everyone: “I don’t know what you’re talking about!” 71 When he had gone out to the gateway, another woman saw him and told those who were there, “This man was with Jesus the Nazarene!”
72 And again he denied it with an oath, “I don’t know the man!” 73 After a little while those standing there approached and said to Peter, “You certainly are one of them, since even your accent[a] gives you away.” 74 Then he started to curse[b] and to swear with an oath, “I do not know the man!” Immediately a rooster crowed,
Jesus’ Threefold Restoration of Peter
15 When they had eaten breakfast, Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John,[c] do you love[d] Me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said to Him, “You know that I love You.” “Feed My lambs,” He told him. 16 A second time He asked him, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” “Yes, Lord,” he said to Him, “You know that I love You.” “Shepherd My sheep,” He told him. 17 He asked him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?”
Peter was grieved that He asked him the third time, “Do you love Me?” He said, “Lord, You know everything! You know that I love You.” “Feed My sheep,” Jesus said
I know the story and you know the story.. Peter denies Jesus 3 times and is miserable afterwards. Then once the risen Jesus meets Peter again He not only forgives him but also gives him a new assignment.
Would you deny the Lord in this situation? I have no clue to the truth if I would or not… I would pray that I would not but I guarantee you that Simeon Peter never thought that he would.
The greatest thing though is not in the failing it is in the being given another chance at life. Jesus did not look at Peter as a failure, not when Peter denied Jesus, and not even when Jesus called Peter out of the boat. Do I have any shame, or failures, or regrets, that can be redefined by the Lord. You bet. Can God use me in spite of those failure, regrets, and shame. You bet!
Jesus does not just show Peter mercy when he is forgiven. He gives him a new assignment (a new commandment) Shepard my people. “Peter, be the leader of my church!” Peter must have been like Lord, what did you just say? I mean I failed you, when you needed me the most I failed you, I bailed on you Lord” And the Lords response is Yes, Peter you did all those things and yet I still am asking you Shepard My sheep”
So what about me? Well like Peter, I do not have to let one failure, one moment define me forever. I don’t have to let the mistakes the regrets, the sorrows of the things I did wrong (or were done wrong to me) define me in my walk as a follower of the Risen King. At any moment I can go to God and ask Him to redefine these painful experiences. I can ask Jesus for a redo in my life as a whole. I don’t have to go on thinking I am a failure, I don’t have to keep thinking I am not worthy of the calling He has placed on me (while I am not worthy in my own merits I am worthy because of the Lord Jesus Christ and His forgiveness of sin.)
So, today no matter what my regret, failure, mistake is or that thing that I had happen to me it does not get to define me today.. Today, Jesus gets to restore me to what it is He and He alone has called me to. Like Peter I started out inadequate and then I met Jesus Christ the Risen Savior, and in that 1 encounter my life just like Peters has been re-defined and I am adequate, and I am called. So are you.
Whatever failures, regrets, mistakes you have today Jesus wants to give you not only a new name but He also wants to re-define and use that failure, regret, mistake for His glory. Will you allow Him to forever change your life and radically transform you? He wants to, just like He did with Peter, just like He is doing with me, and just like He has done with others, He wants and will do for you as well. Come to Him and see Him transform your life.