5. Look to the cross by running to Jesus with your whole heart.
Maybe you feel like Peter, like you’ve blown it big time. Or instead of one massive mistake, maybe you feel buried beneath a million bad decisions made over a long, too long, period of your life.
Some readers might feel distanced from Jesus, not due to guilt-ridden decisions or deep-rooted habits, but by a heart that’s grown cold in the midst of doing good things. Like Peter, we all need to run to Jesus.
Recently I went kayaking on a rather large lake in northern Michigan. The lake was filled with islands, inlets, and surrounded by a whole lot of pine trees. No matter which way you looked, the shoreline looked the same. I got lost. And when you’re lost on a kayak, there is no quick way to speed around the lake to find your way back. It’s a slow process that involves a bit of patience and a whole lot of rowing.
After an exhausting couple hours trying to find my way back, I came around an island and noticed a peninsula that looked familiar on the other side. It was a sight for sore eyes. I knew it was the youth camp I had passed early on in my expedition that locals call “Presbyterian Point.”
It’s marked with a white cross hanging from the stone cliff jetting out above the water.
After a couple hours of being lost, once I saw the cross I knew I could find my way home.
The same is true for all of us. Forgiveness lies in one direction. We’ll find it at the cross. That doesn’t mean our work is over, but it does mean we’re heading in the right direction.
Wherever you’re at in your walk with God, look to the cross. That’s where Jesus paid the ultimate price for our disobedience. The author of Hebrews tells us to throw of the sin that easily entangles us and to fix our eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:1-2).
By turning from our sin we find a fresh start in our walk with God.
By fixing our eyes on Jesus we can begin to see the path forward in our fight to follow him.
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