John 21:19 This He spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, “Follow Me.”
Before the Crucifixion Peter denied that he knew Jesus three times. After the Resurrection Jesus asked Peter “Do you love Me?” three times. Peter thought his sin made him useless to the Lord, but in the end the Lord restored Peter and then He said to him, “Follow Me.”
Jesus would say the same to each one of us. We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, but if you love Jesus enough you will repent of your sin and follow Him. Like Peter, you may feel unworthy of His grace. You may believe the sin you have committed is so grievous to the Lord that He could never restore you, but if you truly love Christ, you have the power within you to repent of your sins and follow Him.
Now understand this; following Jesus is never easy. Following Jesus is often difficult. Immediately after saying these things Jesus told Peter there would come a day when Peter would be bound up and taken where he did not want to go. Jesus said these things to signify what kind of death Peter would suffer, and tradition tells us Peter was crucified upside-down on a cross.
No matter how great your sin, Jesus can restore you. You can still follow him, but following Him might come at a price you are unwilling to pay. Still, what good is it if you gain the whole world and lose your soul. He that finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for Christ’s sake will find it.
Jesus says, “Follow Me.”
Have a God Filled Week,
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