Strengthen Your Brothers!

Michael Beck

“And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.” (Luke 22:31,32)

Peter had a colossal fall. It was shameful, cringe-worthy, epically bad. Though Jesus saw it coming, He looked beyond it and gave Peter hope that there would still be ministry available to the repentant disciple.

The shame of a fall is a death knell for some. Judas is an example of worldly sorrow which works death. A bad fall causes some to crawl into a hole and put any light they could give under a bushel. Others minister, but they do so out of their shame and their message is too tied to their fall. They major on everyone’s failure and how the Lord can restore. That is good and necessary to hear, but the Lord wants us to move on and actually receive help in the very areas that caused our fall. Peter feared man. He feared suffering at their hands. His epistles have been greatly used to strengthen the brethren in overcoming the fear of man and enduring suffering.

Do not let the worst thing you ever did define you. Where sin abounded, grace does much more abound. God wants to make us strongest where we were once weakest. He wants to bring us from shame to glory. Let Him restore you fully and then preach as though you never fell. Many need to be strengthened.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.