Peter said to Him, “Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You.” Matthew 26:35
Well, we all know what happened to Peter a few hours later. He not only denied Jesus, he did it repeatedly. He swore that he didn’t know him.
I believe Peter was perfectly sincere when he made this statement of his loyalty, so what in the world made such a huge difference a few hours later?
Think about a soldier’s devotion to his cause. If he believes without a doubt that what he is fighting for is worthwhile, he will fight to the death. And I believe Peter was ready to do exactly that. He would have been glad to go out in a blaze of glory fighting for the cause of his King.
But he wasn’t willing to endure shame and humiliation and mockery for Him.
Do we have that same mindset? We tend think in terms of “causes” to support, of plans of attack that will “bring America back to Christ.” We want to speak out boldly for Jesus, to reach the lost, to spread the good news. We picture ourselves in a battle against evil, like in Lord of the Rings, and we see the glories of fighting for our Lord.
But have you ever considered that you might instead be asked to be humbled for Him? Is there a chance that instead of a entering a glorious battle that we might simply be shunned and mocked? Maybe it won’t look like much of a battle to the untrained eye, but just an embarrassing ordeal that seems to have no point.
Are we ready for THAT, Christian brother and sister? Are we?