“I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “This very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” Matthew 26:34
Now Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him. “You also were with Jesus of Galilee,” she said. But he denied it before them all. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said. Then he went out to the gateway, where another girl saw him and said to the people there, “This fellow was with Jesus of Nazareth.” He denied it again, with an oath: “I don’t know the man!” After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, “Surely you are one of them, for your accent gives you away.” Then he began to call down curses on himself and he swore to them, “I don’t know the man!” Immediately a rooster crowed. Matthew 26:69-74
When we read these scriptures from the twenty-sixth chapter of Matthew, we are usually in shock regarding Peter’s denial of Jesus. How could Peter, one of Jesus’ earthly best friends, deny Him, much less deny Him even after being confronted by Jesus that he was going to do so?
But when we think about it, are we really that much different than Peter? In fact, we may even be weaker. Peter denied knowing Jesus because he was fearful of what would happen to him. Peter probably would have faced death right alongside Jesus. More than likely, none of us will face the choice between Jesus and a brutal death, but this does not mean that we do not also deny Him. As followers of Christ, we have two paths to choose from—God’s path or a worldly path. Maybe God has laid something on your heart before: do something, give something, pray for someone, read something, or speak to someone. Every time God nudges us in a particular direction, we have the choice to answer that calling or to deny Him. How often do we pass up these opportunities to accept Jesus’ call? And by doing so, how often do we miss taking a stand for His glorious name as Peter did?
Today’s Prayer: Father, give me a heart that will never deny You. Give me a desire to always accept Your call and to live for You. Give me the strength and courage to stand up for Your glorious name. Father, burden me when I am not on Your path for my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.