You ever heard a song that you had heard many times before, but for some reason it hit you a little differently this time? Recently I was walking and listening to music. As I walked the song, "This is Now" by Casting Crowns played and this happened to me. I had heard the song many times. I had even discussed what it was talking about with my son. But, for some reason it hit me differently this time.
You see, as I was walking I was thinking about the many ways that I had failed. I thought of the many mistakes I had made. I thought of how I had failed God. In that moment I couldn't help but think of how unworthy I was to be loved by God and, even more so, to be used by Him. THAT is when this song played.
You see, this song it about a man from the Bible named Peter. Peter was my kind of man. He was quick to speak and slow to think. He was a doer. He was quick to action. Oh, and he loved Jesus. Peter is my favorite person from the Bible.
Peter was one of Jesus 12 disciples. More than that, Peter was one of Jesus' three closest friends. But, when Jesus was arrested and was facing the Jewish leaders Peter denied knowing Him. He didn't just do it once. He didn't it three times. Each time becoming more and more adamant that he DID NOT KNOW JESUS. In Jesus' greatest time of need Peter turned his back on Him and denied even knowing him.
It was over for Peter... or was it?
After Jesus was resurrected He sought out Peter and some other disciples. Three times Jesus asked Peter if he loved Him. Each time Peter said that he did and each time Peter became more desperate to convince Jesus. It is no coincident that Jesus asked Peter three times, one time for each of the times that Pete denied Him. In that moment Jesus restored the relationship He had with Peter before.
That day as I walked and took inventory of all may failures, I felt just like Peter must have. I felt that I could not be used and that my relationship with Jesus would never be the same. THAT'S when this some played. As I listened to Casting Crowns sing of how Jesus restored Peter I realized that Jesus was restoring ME too.
You see, I don't believe that it was a coincident that this song played at the moment that it did. It was exactly the song that I needed to hear, right when I needed to hear it. Just like that Jesus restored me and told me that, because of His work, I am worthy to be loved by God and to be used by God.
Do you need to be restored?
If we are honest with ourselves we all have a list of ways that we have failed. Ways that we have messed up. This sort of restoration is available to all. Even as Jesus restored Peter, He restored me. And just as He restored me, He can restore you.
I wish that I could talk one on one with every person that reads this that needs to be restored. I'd love to buy you a cup of coffee, or tea, or a bottle of Coke, whatever your preference is, and talk about how Jesus could restore you. If you are local and would like to talk more about this, then let me know in the comments or shoot me an email at email@example.com. If you don't live in this area, then please feel free to email me or leave a comment and we can talk about this via email, text, or over the phone; or, however else works for you.
Jesus WANTS to restore you. But, it does require that you take the first step.