I spent a lot of time in college listen to goofy, fun, Christian music. In the 1990s, Christian music, the kind of music you hear on K-LOVE or other Christian stations was really just getting starting. And back then, there was a song I used to love called “All Fall Down.” And the reason why I loved this song was because it basically said something that I believe, that I’ve preached my entire ministry.
We are all going to fall down. We are all going to make mistakes. No one is perfect. All fall down.
What happens then?
Listen to what happens today in John 13: 36-38:
Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus answered him, “Where I am going you cannot follow me now, but you will follow afterward.” Peter said to him, “Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? Truly, truly, I say to you, the rooster will not crow till you have denied me three times.
You will deny. By the end of the night, you will have denied me three times. Now, this is Peter we are talking about. He’s kind of a big deal. The head of the apostles. The one that preached Pentecost. The one that walked on water, if just for a moment.
And he fell down. He made a mistake. He denied. He messed up.
All fall down.
He got back up though. He repented and He stood up through grace. And was faithful. His mistake didn’t end His walk with God. It was merely a bump in the road.
All fall down.
We will each make mistakes. That’s part of the human experience. That’s what happens. What then?
What next? We will all fall down. What will we do after fall down?
May we stand up, and may we stand on grace. We aren’t saved by what we have done, we are saved by what He has done. We are loved because we are made in Him image. We are loved because He has redeemed us.
We are loved because we are His.
Today, we will fall. May we stand. May we stand on grace. Today, when you fall, dust yourself off, get up, keep going.
All fall down. Though His grace may we get up and keep going!
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