This past weekend we wrapped up our series, Do-Overs. Over the past three weeks, we have learned how we get do-overs, what to do when there is no do-over, and what to do when we need a do-over. Jesus gives us do-overs all the time, but what happens next?
Here are the five things Jesus does when we ask for a do-over.
1. He doesn’t freak out.
Jesus knows that we aren’t perfect, but loves us anyway. So when obstacles come our way, and we fail, Jesus doesn’t freak out. He already has a plan that will get us back on track.
Yet God was kind. He kept forgiving their sins and didn’t destroy them. He often became angry, but never lost his temper. God remembered that they were made of flesh…
Psalm 78:38-39 CEV
2. He intercedes for us.
Jesus is fighting for us. He prays over us, protects, and makes sure that we are well looked after.
“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to test all of you as a farmer sifts his wheat. I have prayed that you will not lose your faith!”
3. He has confidence in us.
Jesus knows we are strong and capable. He knows that every time we ask for a do-over that we can make the changes needed and rely on each other to become stronger than we were before.
“Help your brothers be stronger when you come back to me.”
Luke 22:32 NCV
4. He shows us His grace.
Even when we struggle to have the faith necessary to accomplish what we need to, but fall short, Jesus has our back. He still cares for us and blesses us, giving us what we need to rekindle the flames that burnout.
When they got there, they found breakfast waiting for them—fish cooking over a charcoal fire, and some bread. “Bring some of the fish you’ve just caught,” Jesus said. So Simon Peter went aboard and dragged the net to the shore. There were 153 large fish, and yet the net hadn’t torn. “Now come and have some breakfast!” Jesus said.
John 21:9-12 NLT
5. He puts us in the game.
Once we get our do-over and commit ourselves to Him, we don’t sit idly by and accept the gifts he has given us; we do something with them. We get to be the hands and feet of God serving those who don’t know Him.
“So I will call you Peter, which means ‘a rock.’ On this rock I will build my church, and death itself will not have any power over it.”
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