Grace Moments Devotions - April 8, 2018

Still useful
Pastor Mark Jeske

The longer you live, the more years you’ve had to make mistakes. The longer you live, the more dumb things you’ve said, enemies made, promises broken, sins committed, and spiritual breakdowns and mutinies carried out. And still God loves us.

God deals with his believers primarily in mercy, not the law. His great delight is not in punishing foolish sinners with the severity they so richly deserve, but in restoring fools and failures like you and me to be useful to him again. In golf these are called mulligans. In Christianity this is called forgiveness and restoration.

In spite of careful preparation and multiple warnings, Jesus’ disciple Peter failed his big test miserably. He was being trained as an evangelist for Christ, i.e., one whose job would be proclaiming Jesus’ identity and work. But during Jesus’ trial, Peter was intimidated by a servant girl into swearing three times that he had never heard of Christ.

The risen Christ called his fallen and broken disciple back into service: “When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?’ ‘Yes, Lord,’ he said, ‘you know that I love you.’ Jesus said, ‘Feed my lambs’” (John 21:15). Peter must have thought, “Seriously? You still have a use for me?”

You and I can take great comfort in that same desire in Christ’s heart. He is truly a God of second chances. It’s not too late to answer his call.


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