My Thoughts. . .

Monday, 06-08-2020

Brave people stand up for what they believe.  Don’t they?  If someone knows that a statement is harmful because it is false, but says nothing, his faith is cowardly.  Right?  Some would not hesitate because they are convinced that they will always stand up and be counted on the side of truth.

Peter told Jesus, “Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will” (Matthew 26:33).  To his credit, he drew his sword to protect Jesus (Matthew 26:51).  He is to be commended for going with John to Jesus’ judgment hall (John 18:15).  However, this is where his conviction became water.  He denied with cursing and swearing that he was a disciple of Jesus (Matthew 26:74).  Later he ate his words even though Jesus never brought it up.  In fact, Jesus commanded him to “Feed my sheep” (John 21:15-17).

We are more like Peter than we admit.  Those “great things” in the name of Jesus were sadly fulfilled with positive affirmations that ended in shame.  Like Peter, we thought Jesus would shake his head and be ashamed of us.  He did not.  He said, “Feed my sheep.”  He did not give that instruction to Peter to shame nor belittle him.  He does the same with us.

Jesus knows we are sinners.  He knows we think “perfection,” while stumbling over our own feet.  It is our nature.  Jesus did not come to save the perfect.  None exist except in one’s own mind.  He came to save people like you and me.  No matter how deep or long we have been wallowing in the mire, his extended hand continues to invite “Come to me” (Matthew 11:28-30).

If you think Jesus cannot forgive, forget, or save, you are listening to the wrong voices.  He said, “I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners” (Matthew 9:13).  That is you and me!  He stated, “I am come that they might have life” (John 10:10).  He was talking about you and me.  He is not looking for perfect people, but the imperfect ones like you and me.  We need saving.  After all, Jesus is your Savior if you are ready to die to your past life, be buried with him into his death and be raised to walk in that new life.  As you come to know him, you will grow (1 Peter 2:2).  You may fail at being perfect, but his blood will continue to keep you cleansed (1 John 1:7-10).  God will continue to dwell in you as His holy Temple (1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19-20).

As a child of God, you are comforted, not condemned.  You are God’s Temple, not the devil’s triumph.  You are Satan’s disaster, but God’s design.  The devil lies by telling you that you need to recognize your failures.  Jesus’ blood keeps you in perfect fellowship with Him.  Rejoice!  You are a child of God being developed for eternal habitation with the Father!  Satan’s failures haunt him whereas God’s love clothes you!  You have been invited to the feast, accept the invitation!