“Lord,” Peter asked, “why can’t I follow You now? I will lay down my life for You!” Jesus replied, “Will you lay down your life for Me? I assure you: A rooster will not crow until you have denied Me three times.” John 13:37-38 HCSB
Most of us have watched an informational commercial in which someone is selling a product that seems to do all that is promised and more. The person selling the product claims it will do amazing tasks. Often after purchasing the product, we discover that it does not measure up to the claims made by the person selling it.
Peter quickly and boldly proclaimed that he would be willing to die for Jesus, but Jesus knew the truth that Peter would deny even knowing Him three times before the rooster crowed. Often we are bold in our claims to follow Christ, to have a regular quiet time, to take up our cross daily and follow Him, but when it comes to fulfilling our promises, we often tend to shrink back in fear.
Challenge: How often do you deny the Lord by your actions and words? The Lord knows your heart and knows your commitment level just like He knew of Peter’s. Seek to do what will bring honor and glory to God. Be willing to take a stand for your faith, even if it means being ridiculed or rejected by others.