May 13, 2022

Taylor Christensen
“Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.”
John 20:21 ESV
“Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
Hebrews 13:20-21 NIV

Despite the disciples’ doubt, distrust, and denials in Jesus’ resurrection power, He not only lovingly forgave the disciples as He appeared to them following the cross, but he also chose to use them to be a part of His continual mission on earth through the establishment of His church. The same disciples that scattered the night He was betrayed…including Peter, who directly denied knowing or being associated with Jesus three times. I find it so encouraging to my heart that not only am I a child of God, not only am I totally forgiven, but I’m also created on purpose and for a purpose. Created on purpose and for a purpose, despite my shortcomings and tendencies to drift away. Despite failing to follow God’s way, despite my best intentions. Despite the occasional doubts that God’s will truly is the best when everything in me wants to take control and figure things out my way.

Thank You, Lord, for Your mercy, grace, and love despite my brokenness. Thank You for wanting to use me to be a part of Your purpose and plan here on earth despite my past, present, and future wrongs. Please align my purpose with Yours…striving to bring You glory through Your grace and forgiveness.