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  • Writer's pictureMarty Anderson

Be Restored

John 21:15 -After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.” “Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him.

During the Holy Land tour, I visited one of the final places where Jesus appeared after his resurrection before returning to heaven. He was on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee. The scene is described in the Gospel of John chapter 21. This is the place where Jesus asked Peter if he loves him...3 times. He’s doing this because Peter needs to come to terms with how he let down his friend Jesus in his time of need. How he denied Jesus 3 times. Peter needs to know that his friend Jesus forgives him and that he doesn’t hold Peter’s actions against him. Peter needs to be restored. So Jesus does just that.

I think back to early in my career before I began to follow Jesus. I was in my mid-20s and on a fast track to climb the corporate ladder. I got into leadership pretty early and made a lot of mistakes by not caring for those I led. I didn’t support them or really listen to their concerns. I avoided conflict and was prone to inaction. Like Peter, I had done things I wasn’t proud of and was in need of being restored.

After several months of inaction, I gathered my team together and finally showed I cared. I asked them to list all the things I should Stop, Start and Keep doing (if anything). Then I left the room and returned 30 minutes later to listen...really listen. Then I began the process of leading differently.

Have you ever done something you’re not proud of?

Have you ever let down a coworker?

Have you ever not spoken up and wished you had?

As I stand here by the Sea of Galilee where Jesus restored his friend Peter, I am speechless, in awe, humbled...and thankful. My friend Jesus has restored me too. Now I am following him. Thank you Jesus.

How might you need to be restored?

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