Written by Josh Hardin
Jesus Uses Jerks
“When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him for the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.”
John 21:15-17 NIV
So, that’s the end of a story which started with Peter doing the denying thing 3 times. Jesus was giving Peter his chance to say sorry and let Peter know that he was forgiven and still needed in God’s plan.
Peter was a rough guy before Jesus pulled him into his band of merry men and he was a rough guy while he was a part of the disciples. He didn’t change his nature overnight. That’s not how people usually work. We are stubborn creatures that usually take time to change.
Now – I’m pretty much a jerk. I know it. My family knows it. I used to be a bigger jerk but by the Grace of God, I am improving (believe it or not). I tell y’all this not because y’all don’t know it but to emphasis the point that I’m heading in the right direction. It took me a long time to get on the right. But even though it did, God never gave up on me. I gave Him a heck of a lot of chances to give up on me! I gave up on me!
He never did!
I like Peter. I’m like Peter. I’m pretty rough like Peter. BUT – just like Peter, God still allows me to be a part of His Plan. I may be a jerk sometimes (a lot of the time), but I’m one of God’s jerks.
If you are thinking that your past or your present circumstances disqualify you from being a part of God’s Grand Design, you are wrong. We may take detours, but God is always waiting to put us back on His track. We will undoubtedly swerve off! He will always be there for a course correction — if we let him correct our course!
LET HIM CORRECT YOUR COURSE!
God, thanks for putting up with my junk and my attitude and my disobedience. Thank you for waiting for me and not giving up on me. Continue to keep me on track and keep me in your plan. Help me when I swerve and help me always be on the lookout for distractions. Thanks again for Your Love and Grace.