Key Verse: Verse 34 - "Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice."
Key Words: thou shalt deny me thrice
Peter denied the Lord -- not once, but three times! Why, he even physically attacked a man, cutting off his ear. David committed adultery and had one of his finest soldiers put into the heat of the battle so he would die. Abraham disobeyed God and instructed his wife to lie for his own good. Jacob deceived his father, Isaac, and took his brother’s birthright through deception. Thomas doubted Jesus and questioned Jesus’ command to go to Jerusalem.
Now let me ask you – because Peter denied God, and because David committed adultery, and because Abraham disobeyed God, and because Jacob deceived, and because Thomas doubted – did it decrease their worth? I think not! I read an interesting story some time back that went something like this.
“A well-known speaker started off his message by holding up a $20 bill. He asked the congregation, ‘Who would like this $20 bill?’
“Hands went up everywhere. He said, ‘I am going to give this $20 to one of you - but before I do, I want to do something.’
“He proceeded to crumple the 20 dollar note up. He then asked. ‘Who still wants it?’ Still hands went up all over the auditorium.
“He then said, ‘Before I give it away, I want to do something else.’ He dropped it on the
floor and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He picked it up, now crumpled and dirty. ‘Now, who still wants it?’ Still, hands went up everywhere.
“He then looked at the congregation and said, ‘My friends, we have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I do to the money, you still want it because in spite of the fact it is crumpled and dirty, it is still worth $20.’ So it is with our lives.
“We fail often, we are dropped, crumpled by the cares of the world, dirtied by our lust and sinful nature, by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We feel as though we are worthless, but we are still valuable to God. God loves us and the worth of our lives is not in what we do, but in Whose we are.”
Dear friend, you as a believer are the child of God. You may have fallen and failed but I encourage you to get up because you are worth much to God.
What to do:
✞ More believers crawl upon the shelf than are placed there by God.
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