• Failing Together

  • LEA Weekly Devotion

    TOGETHER series 2021–2022

    Week of June 12, 2022

     

     

    Failing Together

     

    Failing together can be a good thing.

     

    Consider this:

    Therefore let all the house of Israel know with certainty that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah. When they heard this, they were pierced to the heart and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?” Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children, and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” With many other words he testified and strongly urged them, saying, “Be saved from this corrupt generation!” So those who accepted his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand people were added to them —Acts 2:36–41.

     

    Peter was in the presence of a bunch of failures. He shocked them with his blunt but accurate accusation. Together they failed to perceive the enormity of what they had done. But then, a wonderful thing happened. Confronted with their sin, they repented, were baptized, and will live happily ever after—together. Failed together. Forgiven together. Living together forever. Add 3,000 to heaven’s population. That’s a lot of together.

     

    Someday, we’ll join them. Today, we too follow Peter’s exhortation. The process repeats itself each time we worship. Together with our whole congregation we confess our sins. How do you think our enthusiasm for this compares to that of those who confessed before Peter? From the routine recitation, our confession may be just as sincere but a bit less lively. (Now don’t go causing a stir in your congregation.) But the one thing that is certain and always receives a grateful reception is the pastor’s announcement of forgiveness, spoken as an ordained servant of the Lord in in the stead of Jesus Himself.

     

    How sad, however, for those who fail to seek or accept forgiveness. That failure, despite the magnitude and temporal pleasures of their togetherness, has eternal consequences.

     

    Failed together. Forgiven together. Living forever together with Jesus. That’s us! Let’s do what we can to add more to the togetherness.

     

     

    Sing together: In gratitude to God

    Summer Excursions: Benchmarks  (Eccl. 7:20 and Matt. 5:48; 2015). If you like to fish, you’ll enjoy the Gone Fishing summer series of eight devotions.

     


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    Written by Edward Grube, LL.D.
    Director of Communications
    Copyright ©2022 Lutheran Education Association

    Quoted Scripture: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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