Roosters and Redemption

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Recently, I had a conversation with my sons about what it means to deny Jesus.  My 11-year-old told my youngest the story of Peter denying Jesus the night Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane.  I think that is the image we think of: to deny Jesus means we blatantly say we don’t know him.  But honestly, it’s more than that.  We deny Jesus in so many other ways.

 

We deny Jesus when we don’t put Him first in our lives. It’s sad to say, but we do this multiple times per day in a variety of ways…..

 

Social media is put before bible study.

Our need to relax and soak up the sun on the lake is more important than our need to soak in His Word through regular Sunday school and church attendance.

We rub elbows with the right coaches to get our kids on the most competitive ball team instead of introducing our children to their Sunday School teachers who will strengthen their Christian walk.

Dirty jokes and gossip pour from our lips instead of praise, thankfulness, and encouragement.

When we place our worldly desires above Christ, we are denying Him.  Then, we hear the rooster crow.  We realize we missed the opportunity to witness to a hurting soul because we were too busy spreading rumors.  We realize our relationships are failing because we haven’t focused on the relationship by which all others are created.  We realize our lives are frazzled and off track because we haven’t allowed Him to lead and guide us.

 

But there’s this…..

 

Later in scripture, Peter was redeemed. We can be too!  After the resurrection, Jesus told Peter to take care of His sheep. When we cry out to God, He forgives us and wraps His loving arms around us. Although Peter failed in his Christian walk, God redeemed him and put Peter to work. Scripture is full of examples of those who have failed God in some way, yet were still useful to Him.  We have that same hope.  When we hear that rooster crow, we can be sure that God can redeem us.

 

My prayer for you today is that whatever failures you are holding on to, that you will lay them at the cross and ask God to forgive you, to redeem you, to use you for His glory.

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One Comment

  1. Posted September 8, 2017 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    This is such a GREAT reminder! I NEEDED to read this. There are things I can definitely do better! Putting other things first is risky business! He MUST go forth to lead and guide the day and the way! Seeing Him work as he precedes is amazing. I hear the rooster!

    Thank you for sharing!

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