There have been some great boxers over the years who were known for being able to "take a punch." In some cases, they not only took a punch but they were knocked down--only to get back up and win the fight. Yes, they had been knocked off their feet. Yes, they were in pain. But they didn't quit--they got up as quick as they could and continued the match. John 21 we see the recovery of someone who was knocked down, the Apostle Peter. You remember how three times he denied even knowing Christ. You remember how he said that he would never dessert Christ, yet in Christ's hour of greatest need Peter would not stand with Christ. You remember how Peter wept "bitterly" when he realized how he had let down the Lord. Peter was down, but as we see in this chapter, he wasn't out. That is because the Lord restored Peter. He gave Peter a second chance. Jesus didn't give up on Peter, even if he had given up on himself. After the resurrection, Jesus comes to Peter and some of the other disciples who were fishing. He not only miraculously enabled Peter to catch fish but He cooked breakfast for Peter and challenged Him to become all that God wanted him to become. He called Him to a life of ministry, which Peter went on to fulfill. There was a time when Peter was younger that he walked where he wished and did his own thing (v18). But not any more. Now he was sold out to Christ, even to the point where Peter would die for his faith (v19). Yes, Peter had been knocked down but he wasn't out. Christ restored him and Peter went on to impact his world for the Lord. What about you? Maybe today you feel that you have been knocked down. Maybe you feel that you have let down the Lord and God can't use you. Let me encourage you to turn back to Christ. Experience anew His love and power. If Peter can get up and go on for Christ after being knocked down, so can you!
Frank Banfill is an author, international speaker, and president of MaxPoint Ministries, whose purpose is to help individuals, churches and ministries reach their full potential. Please forward this blog to your family & friends. Not a subscriber? Sign up now at www.FranksBibleBlog.com. If you would like to share a comment about today's blog, you may do so at www.maxpoint.org/message_board.