60 But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are saying!” Immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster[a] crowed. And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” So Peter went out and wept bitterly. (Luke 22:60-62)
If anyone had a reason to doubt God’s love for them, it was Cephas. Cephas, also known as Peter, had denied Jesus three times. Peter had turned his back on the very Son of God who he had seen raise the dead and heal the sick. Yet, Jesus did not reject Peter. Instead, He lifted Peter up and restored him.
This is one of the many reasons I love God’s Word – it’s real. The writers of scripture did not blot out the shortcomings of Peter. God’s Spirit did not inspire the writers to only record the good actions of God’s servants. Instead, we read through scripture the stories of imperfect men and women who God uses despite their shortcomings.
(2 Corinthians 4:7) “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.”
As fragile jars of clay, all our cracks and broken edges reveal the power within. Peter did not have the power in himself to admit relation to Jesus, but years later he endured pain and suffering for his King. This is the power of God to change a life and to use us to impact those around us. Praise God that He uses imperfect people to work out His perfect plan.
“God chooses people that are not perfect to follow Him, to tell others about Him and to lead others.”
Dear God, Thank You for Your love. Thank You for dying for a sinner like me and for using me to share this news with others. Help me to overcome my weaknesses with Your power as well as to stand in Your grace when I stumble. In Jesus’ name, Amen