Second Chances

So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Feed My lambs.” (John 21:15)

One of the things I learn from the resurrection of Jesus is that God might not be finished working when I think He’s finished.  The disciples might have thought all was lost when Jesus’s body was laid in the tomb, but in three days He rose again.  Peter might have thought that he had irreparably ruined God’s call on his life when he denied knowing Jesus before Jesus died.  Yet after the resurrection, Jesus sought out that knucklehead Peter and set the record straight.  Just as Peter had denied Jesus three times, Jesus asked Peter three times if Peter loved Him.  With each affirmative answer, Jesus said the same thing – “Peter, get back to work.”  Peter had been called to be a shepherd over God’s people, and Peter needed to get back to what Jesus had originally asked him to do, despite his failings.

Where are you today friend?  Are you in that pit of despair, thinking that you’ve let the Lord down too many times?  Do you wonder if God could ever love a knucklehead like you?  Just like Peter, Jesus is looking for you.  He’s looking to turn you around and put you back to work.  He is not finished with you.