Your second attempt to follow Jesus will prove to be a turning point in your life. You learned a valuable lesson in the failed first attempt. This second time around will define your life in ways you never thought possible.
Peter was called twice to follow Jesus. The first time was in Matthew 4 as Jesus walked along the shore of the Sea of Galilee and saw Peter and his brother, Andrew, throwing their nets. Jesus said, “Come, follow Me and I will show you how to fish for people!” Peter went on to follow Jesus for the next three years ending that first attempt at following in utter failure.
The second calling of Peter to follow Jesus took place when Peter thought his failure meant it was all over between him and Jesus. The record of Peter’s restoration in John 21 was both personal and profound. Jesus once again said to Peter, “Follow Me.” Peter took Jesus up on His offer and would go on to preach on the Day of Pentecost one of the most powerful sermons in history. He would write two profound epistles and be known as a rock solid man of faith.
If you need a second chance at your life of faith don’t forget this one important truth, Jesus never runs out of His supply of invitations. Don’t allow a failure, a misstep or an outright act of sin to take authority over the invitation of Jesus. Like Peter, you have things to contribute on the other side of your restoration that you could never imagine would be possible. With Jesus, there is always a second chance.