Daily Devotion for August 4, 2017
John 21:4 - 8, 15 NAS
But when the day was now breaking, Jesus stood on the beach; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. So Jesus said to them, “Children, you do not have any fish, do you?”
They answered Him, “No.”
And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right-hand side of the boat and you will find a catch.” So they cast, and then they were not able to haul it in because of the great number of fish.
Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord.” So when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put his outer garment on (for he was stripped for work), and threw himself into the sea. But the other disciples came in the little boat, for they were not far from the land, but about one hundred yards away, dragging the net full of fish.
So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?”
He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.”
He said to him, “Tend My lambs.”
(Today's devotional is adapted from the VBS Teaching Guide)
Although the disciple Peter vowed he would never fail his Master (Luke 22:31-33), within hours, Peter failed miserably (Luke 22:54-62). After Christ's resurrection, when Jesus hailed Peter's fishing boat, perhaps Peter leaped into the water to have an opportunity to be alone with the Lord—an opportunity to make things right.
After breakfast, Jesus took Peter aside—not to belittle him, but to empower him. Their conversation affirmed that Peter's career was far from over. Despite Peter's denials, his stumblings, and his short-comings, Jesus promoted him from fishing to shepherding. His past mistakes were forgiven and the Lord gave him a new job. For an impulsive guy with a tendency to speak before he thought, that's amazing! Applying this to us Believers today...
1) Praise God today, because He has a purpose for every fallible person He placed on this planet! He is the God of “do-overs,” of cleaned slates, and of second (third, seventh, and every-day) new chances!
2) Our past mistakes are used by the Lord! They influence the way we share Jesus with others—in a good way! Our failures often make us more believable and approachable!
3) Jesus asked Peter, “Do you love Me more than these?” John isn't clear what the “these” were. What do you think Jesus was referring to? What would the “these” be if Jesus asked you the same question?
Lord Jesus, thank You for using us fallible people! Thank you for using our failures for Your glory! Help us see what the “these” are in our lives, Lord, so we too can lay them down and truly answer, “You know that I love You!”
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