Accept setbacksLately I’ve been thinking through how Jesus made disciples, based on my observations of scripture. I’ll post one insight per day here. You can find all of them by searching “How Jesus made disciples” on my blog. 

Jesus recognized and accepted that discipleship was a process, complete with setbacks.

After three years of following Jesus, Peter denied that he even knew Jesus. Jesus had been arrested and Peter was afraid. But Jesus knew that wasn’t the end of the story. Because of grace, setbacks and failures don’t need to be permanent. There is always the possibility to turn things around.

What’s the lesson for us? Everybody fails sometimes. That doesn’t mean they’re not a disciple.

Biblical passages to consider: Luke 22:54-62, 2 Samuel 12, Exodus 2:11-25, Luke 15:11-32, John 21:15-19