Do you ever feel like you have made a mistake that you will never recover from? Do you feel like you have been labeled and that every time people think of you, they think of what you did in the past? Do you ever feel like you have been defined by a past situation and it is paralyzing you from experiencing something good in the present? Have you lost hope for your future?
This is where we find the disciple Peter. Let me give a quick refresher on the story. Just before Jesus was crucified, Peter rebuked Him for even suggesting that He was going to die. In response, Jesus said, “Get behind me Satan!” WOW! That is an epic fail. Later Jesus was explaining that His disciples would leave Him when it got tough to which Peter responded, “Even if I have to die, I will never disown You.” That very night, Jesus was arrested and when Peter is questioned about knowing Jesus, he denies that he knows Him three times. At that moment, just as Jesus had prophesied, a rooster crows and Peter is reminded of his broken promise. The Bible says he ran away, broke down and wept!
What do you do with your failure? I don’t know how you respond, but I do know how Jesus responds. After Jesus comes back to life from the dead, He finds Peter. This must have been a bit awkward at first for Peter, but his fear is soon assuaged by the words of Jesus,
Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” John 21:15
Jesus asks Peter this question three times, once for every time Peter disowned him. He is driving Peter back to what he truly believes despite his failure. And this is the point for you and I. God is willing to take us back to what originally motivated us; those things that we dreamt about and had a vision for. Regardless of our mistakes and failures, Jesus is willing to recommission us to purpose, and that is GREAT news!
• How will you allow your life to be defined? By the mistakes, you have made, or the vision God has put in you? What will you do when confronted with the question, “do you love me?”