What Jesus Did! 'Redefining Failure' — Luke 22:31-32

Monday, December 7, 2015

"Satan (the devil) has asked to test you men like a farmer tests his wheat. O Simon, Simon (Peter), I have prayed that you will not lose your faith! Help your brothers be stronger when you come back to me."
— Luke 22:31-32
Illustration of Luke 22:31-32 — "Satan (the devil) has asked to test you men like a farmer tests his wheat."

Key Thought

Most of us would define Peter's denials of the Lord as failure. In Jesus' worst moments, Peter was denying he had any connection with the Lord even though a short time before his denials, he had been adamant that he would never turn away from the Lord. We must learn two very important lessons. First, our failures don't have to be the defining characteristic of our walk with Jesus. Peter was weak and stumbled, but because of his deep repentance, the Lord's help, and the power of the Holy Spirit, he was used mightily by the Lord. We must never relegate anyone, not even ourselves, to the junk heap for letting the Lord down at one time or another. He is gracious and compassionate and will forgive our sin when we genuinely repent. Second, the Lord can use our failures to make us equipped to better serve others in his family.

Today's Prayer

Father, please forgive me for the times I've given up on one of your other children or on myself because of failures in faith. Help me to be more gracious to others and to myself and more committed to helping all of us see our opportunities to serve through the brokenness of our stumblings. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

"Satan (the devil) has asked to test you men like a farmer tests his wheat. O Simon, Simon (Peter), I have prayed that you will not lose your faith! Help your brothers be stronger when you come back to me." But Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, I am ready to go to jail with you. I will even die with you!" But Jesus said, "Peter, before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will say you don't know me. You will say this three times!" Then Jesus said to the apostles, "I sent you {to tell people about God}. I sent you without money, a bag, or shoes. But did you need anything?" The apostles said, "No." Jesus said to them, "But now if you have money or a bag, carry that with you. If you don't have a sword, sell your coat and buy one. The Scripture says: 'People said he was a criminal.' This Scripture must happen. It was written about me, and it is happening now." The followers said, "Look, Lord, here are two swords!" Jesus said to them, "That's enough!"

Luke 22:31-38

Related Scripture Readings

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, when my brother won't stop doing wrong to me, how many times must I forgive him? Should I forgive him as many as seven times?" Jesus answered, "I tell you, you must forgive him more than seven times. You must continue to forgive him even if he does wrong to you seventy-seven times. "

Matthew 18:21-22

My brothers and sisters, one of you may wander away from the truth. And another person may help him come back to the truth. Remember this: Any person who brings a sinner back from the wrong way will save that sinner from death (hell). By doing this, that person will cause many sins to be forgiven.

James 5:19-20

Don't refuse to accept into your group a person that is weak in faith. And don't argue with that person about his different ideas. One person believes that he can eat any kind of food he wants. But if another person's faith is weak, then that person believes he can eat only vegetables. The person that knows that he can eat any kind of food must not feel that he is better than the person that eats only vegetables. And the person that eats only vegetables must not decide that the person that eats all foods is wrong. God has accepted that person. You cannot judge another person's servant. His own master decides if he is doing right or wrong. And the Lord's servant will be right, because the Lord is able to make him right.

Romans 14:1-4

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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