What has Jesus brought you through that He wants  to use so you may “turn and strengthen others”?

“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that Your faith may not fail.  And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.    Luke 22: 31-32

When life sifts you, Jesus prays for you.  Jesus knew Peter and knew what Peter would do in the coming days.  Yet He still loved him and prayed for him, even in Peter’s betrayal.  It is the same with us.  Like Peter, we must turn back to Jesus.  We must repent.  Or if the trial is not caused by sin, we must run to Jesus in the midst of it. We come through the sifting of Satan only by the prayers of Jesus which give us the grace and power we need to move beyond these places of sifting. This truth gives us much hope in our daily struggles.

But notice this verse does not leave us there.  Verse 32 ends in this way, “And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers”. John Piper says about this verse: “Jesus provided for the ten by providing for Peter.”  As the Lord strengthens us in our life’s siftings so may we, in turn, strengthen others. As He builds our faith, we can be used to encourage and build up each other.  It is never only about us individually.  God wants to use every  sifting, every failure, every blessing, each trial for His glory.  This is done by sharing with others the work of God in our lives so others may be strengthened.

How does this walk out in your life today?  What has Jesus Christ brought you through or is now bringing you through that He wants you to use to “turn and strengthen your brothers and sisters”?  We each have a place in this, so obey and be a part of the process of God’s plan.  Nothing is wasted!  God is glorified and we all grow!