Peter, was one of the twelve disciples. He walked with Jesus performing miracles and spreading the gospel. When Jesus was arrested by the chief priest, officers of the temple guard and elders Peter, followed from a distance. “56. But a certain maid beheld him as he sat by the fire, and earnestly looked upon him, and said, this man was also with him. 57 And he denied him saying, woman I know him not. 58 And after a little while another saw him and said, thou art also of them. And Peter said, Man, I am not. 59 And about the space of one hour after, another confidently affirmed, saying, Of a truth this fellow also was with him. 60 And Peter said, man I know not what thou sayest” Luke 22:56-60. Out of fear, Peter denied Jesus not once, not twice, but THRICE!!! THREE TIMES!!!
We live our lives claiming to be Christians, our actions may even demonstrate that we follow Christ, however, when push comes to shove do we truly STAND for the Lord or do we back down and deny him? Denying does not have to be blatantly saying “I don’t know him” like Peter did. It can be subtle and expressed in how we live our every day lives, by the example we portray and showcase to the world. We cannot claim to be children of God and Christ like, yet lead a non believing sinful life. What good does it do to show up to church on Sundays but post inappropriate things on social networks throughout the week? When the topic of God comes up and we don’t defend his existence or speak up about our Lord and Savior we are denying him. As discussed in my small group class last night, being a Christian is a full time commitment, not something we pick and choose depending on convenience. We can not be "Closet Christians". It may not always be easy, we may be ridiculed, not accepted and persecuted, but we must acknowledge our awesome God. “10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Matthew 5:10-12
Challenge: Be more conscious of all that we do, say, post etc. Are we being Christ like and reflecting Gods image for all to see? Or are we denying him blatantly and/or indirectly?
Stay Thirsty My Friends
Thirsty Thursdays: Ron