Athlete, Failure is Not Final


Athlete, Failure is Not Final

Tom Petersburg

John 18:25 (NASB)

Now Simon Peter was still standing and warming himself. So they said to him, “You are not one of His disciples as well, are you?” He denied it, and said, “I am not.”

Satan has a grand time poking at our failures to stand boldly for Jesus. It happens so quickly and so often—going silent in a locker room conversation, not defending a brother or sister in the faith, compromising a clear but controversial biblical position, playing it safe to avoid the heat. 

Peter was the last disciple you would have expected to fold. He was always the guy up front, first to speak (foot in mouth or not), first to fight, first to walk on water … loud and bold. He asked more questions than the other disciples combined.

Peter takes a lot of criticism for speaking with his foot in his mouth during the years he traveled with Jesus. At the end of the day, he became a crowd favorite – big heart, spoke his mind, teachable, great friend to Jesus, leader among the disciples. 

Imagine the guilt and shame Peter endured following the trials and crucifixion of Jesus. Peter and another disciple had followed Jesus in the shadows throughout the ordeal. When he was recognized for following Jesus, he denied any association. Three times. 

God was not done with Peter. When Jesus met with some of his disciples after the resurrection, Peter confirmed his love for Jesus. In turn, Jesus confirmed His desire that Peter continue His ministry (John 21). 

Peter became one of the leading figures of church history following Jesus’ ascension into heaven (Book of Acts). He could usually be found preaching, or in prison for it. 

Read the opening verses of the first letter that Peter wrote (1 Peter 1:3-7). A major theme of his letters is growing in faith while living in a culture that is opposed to Jesus. 

Peter is a wise advisor. Courageous, practical, hopeful. Understanding Peter’s journey of faith and grace is a great encouragement to “live our faith out loud.” 

Today’s devotional is one of five this week on “Wise Advisors” by Tom Petersburg.


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