God uses broken people

—How God has spoken to me through
Luke 22:31–34 & 60–62

  • Ruth – Nov 20, 2022

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Luke 22 NIV

  1. “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat.
  2. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”
  3. But he replied, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.”
  4. Jesus answered, “I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me.”

Luke 22 cont’d

  1. Peter replied, “Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about!” Just as he was speaking, the rooster crowed.
  2. 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.”
  3. 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