In recent months I have spoken a number of times about ‘Jesus believes in you’. A compelling sermon about our struggle with rejection, disappointment and failure.
God invites all humanity to express faith in His Son: “I believe in Jesus!” But before we did or do that, heaven is already calling to us and God expresses confidence in us. It is important to realize and experience those words and the depth of God’s faith in us again and again. In John 21:3 Peter says ‘I am going fishing.’ He does not do this because he is taking up his hobby again, but because he condemns himself for his betrayal of Jesus. Peter goes back to his former life. Peter walked with Jesus for 3 years. Heard everything, seen every miracle. Even met the risen Jesus at least twice. And yet he goes back into the boat… he struggles with self-recrimination.
The calling on his life increases
Jesus passes by and reminds Peter of his calling by organizing another miraculous catch of fish. Just like 3 years before. Peter cannot hold it and dives into the water almost naked. “When Simon Peter heard this, he put aside his outer garment, which was all he had on, and jumped into the water” (John 21:7). At a campfire, Jesus asks Peter if he loves Him. And with every ‘yes’, the calling on his life increases. From ‘Feed my lambs’ to ‘feed my sheep.’ From children’s worker to the first church leader a few weeks later.
When we blame ourselves for all kinds of things or think that we are not measuring up, Jesus comes along. He does not condemn, but reminds you of your calling, confirms your destiny and only asks that you love Him. Do you love Him? Then let your answer be like Peter: ‘You know everything. Also that I love you!’
Here is the link to the sermon