“But when Simon Peter saw that, he fell down at Jesus’ feet, saying, ‘Go away from me Lord, for I am a sinful man!’”
You should really read verses 1-11 to get the full context of this verse. Luke is the only Gospel that shows Peter this way. He was truly humbled in the presence of Jesus. He saw how he did not rise to the level he thought Jesus wanted. But Jesus saw Peter not as he was but as he would be.
Isn’t that true for us? Unfortunately, many of us think we have arrived. We compare ourselves to other Christians and say Well, I’m better than them. Our only place of comparison should be Jesus. Jesus chose us and drew us to Himself because He saw what we would be in Him. We are, in fact, just like Peter on that boat – unworthy but chosen.
One of the toughest things to help our children work through is that feeling of unworthiness. That’s why it is so important for us to do all we can to build them up. But we all feel unworthy when we are faced with the reality of our sins. When we come to Christ our sins are exposed. However, Christ doesn’t focus on our sins. He focuses on our salvation.
The next time your child comes to you feeling low and unworthy, read them this story. Let them see how Jesus turned Peter’s feelings of unworthiness into a calling to follow Him. That’s the message your children need to hear. God is calling them and has a plan for their lives.
Are you feeling unworthy of your salvation? Satan loves for you to feel that way. Don’t give him that victory. Your victory is in Christ. Jesus makes you worthy. It doesn’t matter how you feel or what Satan says. YOU ARE WORTHY!!!
I praise You, Lord, for declaring me worthy. I will not allow Satan to bring me down. I will rest in You.