“But I [Jesus] have prayed for you [Peter], that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to me, strengthen your brethren.” (Luke 22:32 NKJV)
I am looking forward to meeting Peter when I get to heaven. I can relate to him in many ways. Peter lacked faith (Matthew 14:31); spoke out of turn (Matthew 16:22–23); acted impulsively (John 18:10); and denied Christ (Matthew 26:75). Yet Peter added 3,000 members to the kingdom of God following his sermon (Acts 2:14–41).
David was an adulterer and murderer and was the apple of God’s eye. Moses stuttered and led God’s people out of slavery. Paul persecuted Christians and evangelized his world. Jonah ran and led Nineveh to repentance. Rahab lied and was in the lineage of Christ. Martha worried. Thomas doubted. Zacchaeus was short. Abraham was old. Lazarus was dead. God can use anyone in sharing the gospel and advancing His kingdom.
The word most missed in this passage is “when.” Jesus did not say if Peter returned to Him. He said when he returned. Jesus knew Peter would return to Him. God uses our faults and shortcomings as often as He uses our gifts and talents. We do not have to be great, rich, popular, or perfect. We just need a heart that is willing to serve. God can use us to do amazing things through our weaknesses if we let Him!
Father, help me to always be willing to be used by You. Remind me that You have already given me the ability to do all that You ask.