Then the slave girl who was the doorkeeper said to Peter, “You aren’t one of this man’s disciples too, are you?” “I am not!” he said. John 18:17 HCSB
Each week on the show “Undercover Boss,” the CEO of a company changes his appearance and identity so he can go undercover to see what is really happening in his company and how job productivity can be improved. Most of the time the boss discovers how difficult it is to do many of the jobs within his company. He comes away from his experience with a much greater appreciation for his employees and what they mean to the success of his company.
Peter did not change his appearance, but he was unwilling to identify with Jesus. He was afraid his life would be in danger. Previously Peter had declared that he was willing to die for Jesus, but just a few hours later he denied that he was a disciple of Christ. This is in direct contrast to Jesus, who willing proclaimed, “I am He” knowing that He was going to suffer at the hands of his captors.
Challenge: Are you willing to identify with Jesus? Would others identify you as a disciple of Jesus? When and why have you denied the Lord by your actions and words? Ask God to give you the strength to take a stand and be willing to endure any pain, suffering, or even death that may come as a result of being a follower of Jesus Christ.