“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat. But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen your brothers.”
Luke 22:31-32 (NLT)
I identify Simon Peter! I believe that there are many that can or do as well.
In my youth Jesus called me to Himself. I responded and for a time all was right between the Lord and I.
But then, I allowed things to draw my focus away from the path He had put me on, I took my eyes off of Jesus and as a result I wandered aimlessly in what the world dangled before my eyes.
Years lost! Excuses made to myself and God. Every lie Satan fed me I swallowed up and it seemed like I would do anything but face the God that had called to me earlier. I had become my own god. Swallowed up in self-worship and distraction.
It left me hallow. Empty and tormented, attempting at every turn to deny just as Peter did the same Christ Jesus that had called me to His side years before.
Hitting bottom was where my rooster crowd.
I could run no more. He does pursue those He has called out to. There is no peace and contentment to be found while separated from He who beacons you to His side. His love is unyielding and with nothing more than a thread holding me I stretched my hand out to Him and He caught me! He pulled me back to Himself. My repentance and surrender was rewarded with a flood of Joy and Peace beyond description.
I was home again in the arms of my Savior!
So yes, I identify with Peter. As a result, it are these words that resound with clairiy and purpose "when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen your brothers."
So it is for me, the mission, along with sharing His Gospel, The Good News; with others, till He takes me to live with Him ever more!
How many others can identify with Peter?