God uses broken people
—How God has spoken to me through
Luke 22:31–34 & 60–62
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Luke 22 NIV
- “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat.
- But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”
- But he replied, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.”
- Jesus answered, “I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me.”
Luke 22 cont’d
- Peter replied, “Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about!” Just as he was speaking, the rooster crowed.
- The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times.”
- And he went outside and wept bitterly.
- In the moment of his greatest failure, Peter was not disqualified from doing the work he was called to do.
- Jesus was invested in his recovery from shame and despair but didn’t wait for him to be perfect to use him.
- Jesus valued his faith more than a perfect track record.
- God doesn’t wait for you to be perfect to use you – he will use you as you are
- In our moments of brokenness, Jesus is inviting us to turn back to him
- It was in Jesus’ brokenness he achieved the greatest victory
- Integral to God’s nature is his desire and ability to transform what is broken into something far more beautiful and powerful than we can imagine