Winner or Whiner?
I get tired of all the whining I hear going on around me weather at work, home or the church. So many of us, myself included at times, have a terrible habit of complaining about our past and why we can’t do things because of it today. Making excuses why we’re “not qualified” to do things we are being called to. KNOCK IT OFF!!
Check this out. Our good friend Peter (Petra-Rock!) is a great study. Here is a guy who just couldn’t shut up and get it right. Jesus tells him, “they are going to come for me and kill me—it has to happen to fulfill the scriptures”. Peter, “No Way! We won’t let it happen!” “Get away from me Satan!” says Jesus right to Peters face! Are you kidding me!?!? I would have fallen to pieces my heart broken and been trying to hide if Jesus in the flesh got in my face like that.
Jesus reminds the 12 at the Passover that He would be handed over to death that night. Peter says he would never deny Jesus, never! But Jesus looks at him and says “you will, and you will do it 3 times before the rooster crows. Peter says he would die before he did such a thing and yet, in just a few hours, Jesus would look straight into Peters eyes as he says for the third time, “I don’t know who he is.” Again, the eyes of God looking literally into your soul. The weight of that pain had to be unbearable.
But there’s more. Peter also goes through a terrible betrayal when Judas hands over Christ. One of his 12 closest friends sends the Messiah to the cross. How deep would that betrayal hit us?
And again, when the mob comes to take Jesus, Peter forgets the previous rebukes and warnings and takes a sword to a man’s ear. Jesus again has to stop Pete and tell him he’s wrong and that He must go.
Now I’ve had a lot of bad days in my past, but NEVER has Jesus stood in my face and rebuked me and never in His physical presence have I denied Him. If anyone had good reasons to feel like a failure it was Peter. If anyone had a reason to give up, it was Peter. If anyone had a right to want to run and hide from Jesus, it was Peter. But he didn’t!
At the end of the last chapter in John, the minute Peter recognizes Christ, he jumps out of the boat and runs TO Him! We know the rest of Peters story—he is the Rock, the cornerstone Jesus used in building the church. Peter had a great ministry and did tremendous things in advancing the Gospel.
So here it is—STOP looking at past sins—STOP whining—STOP making excuses and get on with the life Christ died for us to have! Accept Christ’s forgiveness for whatever you have done and quit the garbage of, “but I don’t feel forgiven.” Christ’s forgiveness is a fact to those who repent and call on His name.
So where are we at men? Wallowing in the past or moving forward seeking Gods call in every day of our lives?
Father, help us to be men like Peter who accepted that he was a screw-up at times but never forgot that Jesus love was far greater than any sins he—or we—could ever commit. Amen. – Steve Schmidt serves at America’s Keswick and is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy. He is a regular Freedom Fighter blogger
Think About This: Where one thousand are destroyed by the world’s frowns, ten thousand are destroyed by the world’s smiles. —Thomas Brooks
Verses to Memorize: Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3:1-3 (New Living Translation)