So imagine that you are a guy named Peter and had a thriving business and one day you left your business to go work with a new startup business. The CEO and president has decided to make you the vice president of the new company. You leave your customers, friends and even family to travel the world promoting this new startup. This new startup launches off the ground and is doing amazing well. People are very excited about the startup and it has been garnering massive media attention mostly positive but also a little negative. The positive attention gathered crowds that would fill the largest football stadiums, yet the negative attention is what would decide the fate of the business. Due to the negative attention, the CEO that you left your business to follow gets locked up and sentenced to death. Once the news is broken about the fate of the young CEO reporters begin to rush to you and ask how you were affiliated with the company. Your name is not officially on any documents so this gives you an opportunity to announce to the world you were the second in command and fully support the incarcerated president and the company. You can tell how you are leading from the front as Vice-President and will continue to do so or you can simply lie and say that you are just as shocked about the news as everyone else and had nothing to do with the company in anyway! Well Peter decided to do the latter. In the face of ridicule and possible death he decided to lie on the one person who believed in him and loved him more than even his own family. Peter did not lose his faith when asked if He knew Jesus, he just had a moment where it was broken. If apostle Peter can have a break in his faith and he walked hand and hand with Jesus hundreds of miles preaching the gospel to all who would listen than how can mere men and women expect not to have a similar lapse. The importance of Peter’s life to many is how he preached the gospel, though I would argue that the importance of Peter’s life is how he recovered from his broken faith, recapture the fire and charged ahead. So how did he do it? In Luke 22 we see the denial, though by Luke 24 we see Peter running to the tomb of Jesus. The first step in regaining fire is to run toward Jesus. Take the shame with you, take the guilt with you, take the sin with you, take the neglect of God’s will and purpose with you and simply run. When you get to the Cross of Christ, Jesus Himself will remove the shame, guilt, hurt, sin, and show you love unspeakable. You cannot get clean on your own, so forget ever trying to run to Christ after you’ve pulled yourself together because that can never happen. Forsake everything and radically chase after Jesus. The second thing we see is Peter accepting the call of the resurrected Jesus to preach the gospel. When Jesus forgives you and decides to pull you from the punishment of all of your sins and remove you from the eternal agony of hell and the grave He will then turn around and invite you into the ministry. John 14:15 says if you love me you will obey me, so Jesus asks Peter if he loves him. Peter says yes and immediately Jesus responds with a call to the ministry. The only way to get strong is to seek Jesus and the only way to stay strong is to teach others how to get strong. You are able to regain your fire by chasing after Jesus and you are able to maintain your fire by teaching others to do the same. There is a scripture that says if you seek you will find, if you knock the door will be opened meaning that if you want a closer relationship to Jesus all you have to do is seek him. You seek him by attending church regularly twice a week or more is what I would suggest based on how ofter Jesus held church. You seek Jesus by praying and reading your bible in conjunction with your church attendance. Prayer is talking to God, the church is God talking to you. The bible is God instructing you and passing on ancient eternal wisdom. Last but equally important is to stay rooted and grounded in Christ. The last step to repairing your broken faith and regaining the fire is to stay in the fire of the Holy Spirit. Many ministers get burned out because they seek God, begin to evangelize and somewhere along the way they forget to continue to seek God. They become so busy serving people that they forget to pray, read and meditate. The way you keep a boyfriend, girlfriend, husband or wife happy is by continuing to do all of the things you did to win their heart. To keep a healthy relationship going you have to seek Jesus just as hard years later as you did in the beginning and that is what keeps the fire burning. Get excited about church and all of the church’s problems because God most likely sent you to help correct those problems so in the words of Bishop T.D. Jakes, get ready, get ready, get ready. Run to Jesus, teach others to run to Jesus while not forgetting to keep running toward Jesus yourself.
God Bless You and Let That Fire Blaze! – L.J. Griffin
Luke 22:54-62English Standard Version (ESV)
Peter Denies Jesus
54 Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the high priest’s house, and Peter was following at a distance.55 And when they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat down among them.56 Then a servant girl, seeing him as he sat in the light and looking closely at him, said, “This man also was with him.”57 But he denied it, saying, “Woman, I do not know him.”58 And a little later someone else saw him and said, “You also are one of them.” But Peter said, “Man, I am not.”59 And after an interval of about an hour still another insisted, saying, “Certainly this man also was with him, for he too is a Galilean.”60 But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about.” And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed.61 And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the saying of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the rooster crows today, you will deny me three times.”62 And he went out and wept bitterly.
Luke 24English Standard Version (ESV)
24 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared.2 And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb,3 but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.4 While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel.5 And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?6 He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee,7 that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.”8 And they remembered his words,9 and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest.10 Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles,11 but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them.12 But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened.
[ Jesus and Peter ] When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.”
New Living Translation “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.