Purposefully Made

Purposefully MadePeter, yes Peter,

him who had thrice denied;

spoke boldly in truth,

Christ’s power realized.

He knew forgiveness,

clung tightly to the grace;

received God’s power,

Spirit poured in this place.

The crowd heard him speak,

his words cut to the heart;

in anguish they asked,

“How can we find fresh start?”

“In His holy Name,

be baptized and repent,

Jesus will forgive,

and His Spirit be sent.”

Many hearts did turn,

and lives forever changed;

by obedience,

of fisherman’s life claimed.

He will use us all,

if we’re willing to go;

may our hearts hear Him,

so His plans we shall know.

(Responding to Acts 2:14-41)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that so many of the men and women that are recorded as faithful followers in Your word, did not start out that way. Thank You that You show us time and time again that You take broken and sinful people who turn to You and want to serve, and use them to touch lives and transform communities. Thank You that You have created each one of us with a plan and a purpose, and have planted us where we are to invest in the people around us. Forgive us for feeling inadequate or insignificant, and help us to remember that You are our Source and Strength, and that anything good that comes out of us, is a gift from You. May Your light and love be what others clearly see, and may many come into an eternal relationship with You. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

5 Comments

  1. Denied Him three times? Yes Peter gets a bad wrap, but I’m thinking it’s more like seventy times seven, to our own embarrassment, and to the glory of God.

    Thank God the cup of grace is bottomless, ere I would be on the outside. Truth be told, the Lord loved Peter no less for his betrayal (denial) for He knows what is in the heart of man.

    • My intent was not to point out Peter’s mistakes, but rather to the power that Christ imparted to his repentant heart. His grace is amazing, and His love allows the least of us to be used for His purpose. 🙂

      • True Shannon, that’s the nice thing when we write- others notice that which was not intended, and use that as a springboard,in this instance, we would know nothing of God’s grace unless it was manifested in his dealings through people.

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