“But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.”... And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid, from now on you will be catching men.” And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.”
How many times have I felt disqualified or doubted myself because of my past? How often do we allow that little voice in our head to remind us of everything we’ve failed at and all the reasons we can’t do what God is calling us to do? But God doesn’t see as man sees.
Renewing our thoughts and actions to align with God’s truth about who we are in Christ doesn’t always happen overnight, but He gives grace for every step of that journey.
Today I was reminded of another beautiful truth though, that even on the days where it feels difficult to take every thought captive, where we struggle to proclaim God’s truths over the lies of the enemy, even on those days where feelings of doubt, and shame, and guilt creep in, there’s good news: God doesn’t see us that way.
Because of Jesus, when God looks at us, all He sees is who He created us to be.
He doesn’t label us by our past, or remind us of our failures. Instead, He sees only what we can do in Christ and the beautiful purpose He has designed for us to walk in!
Simon Peter was overcome by the weight of his sin when he saw the work of Jesus in his life, he felt unworthy to even be near him. But Jesus, in his love and grace, reminded Simon that he didn’t need to be afraid anymore, because from then on out, he would be walking with him in the NEW life and purposes that God had for him!
Simon could only see how his past disqualified him, but Jesus only saw how purposes of God that were now possible with Him.
This Scripture encouraged and reminded me that how God sees me is, and always will be, true and infinitely more powerful than any lie I may be feeling about myself. Through Christ, we are made new! Through Jesus, God invites us to walk in the NEW LIFE that he has prepared for us all along.
"For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." (Eph. 2:10)