“Do-over!” Remember playing kickball on the playground as a kid and when your elementary school opponent would declare “do-over,” somehow his young peer group would grant him his wish? Maybe we gave grace and erased the last three minutes of play because we knew that within the same recess period, we would be cashing in our own do-over chip.
Ever felt that way as an adult? Ever made it to the end of a day or a chapter in your life when you wanted to throw your arms up in the air to God and plead for a do-over?
Jesus was all about do-overs in the Bible. He was constantly wiping people’s slates clean. Remember one of His very closest friends, Peter? Peter was the guy who was selected to be one of the three that Jesus took with Him to the Mount of Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-13 ) while the other nine disciples stayed behind. Peter is the one who told Jesus that he loved Him even more than the others (John 21:15). It was Peter who drew his sword, cutting off a man’s ear in attempt to protect Jesus.
Yet just hours later when Peter was asked if he was one of the disciples, he adamantly denied his Christ. But only one time, right? I mean Peter was human . . . can’t he mess up once in a weak, terrifying moment? Sadly, as we read on we discover it was a total of three times that Peter denied Jesus as his friend and savior. Ever been there? Ever found yourself in a situation that you never could have imagined just twenty-four hours earlier? Maybe we don’t find ourselves in a huge, complete denial of Christ, but how about the days that we are tired, weary, and deny His LORDSHIP in our lives? Those times when we just want to do it our way and not His? Ever felt like Peter? I know I have.
I have good news today! God is a God of new beginnings. That same denying Peter went on to receive forgiveness and lived a life that changed the world. Jesus told us to forgive others not just seven times but seventy times seven (Matthew 18:21-22). Aren’t you glad He uses that same Math of Forgiveness with us? Today is a new day. His grace is sufficient for you (2 Corinthians 12:9) and His mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-24). Let’s ask for forgiveness, receive our “do-over,” and get back in the game.