What brings tears to your eyes? If it’s your own conduct, does your sorrow lead you to change?
The gospel writer Mark is writing Peter’s account of the life of Jesus. If I was Peter I would have asked for some white out (not that it was available), or a knife to cut out the piece of the scroll that depicted Mark 14:66-72. With full details, Peter’s repeated failure to stand the test of loyalty is depicted. Having read through the entire chapter before, we recall the certainty of his own confidence.
“Even if all fall away, I will not.” Peter sounds so certain, doesn’t he, when he declares his loyalty in the upper room? Yes the others may lose their courage, but not Peter. He is a leader, a man of conviction and courage who earlier had (with God’s help) identified Jesus as the Christ, the Son of the Living God.
One may have their theology straight and still sin. Correct doctrine does not guarantee correct conduct. Truth confessed by our mouths must be lived out if we are to be considered genuine Christ followers.
What has fueled Peter’s devotion? Is it not self-will? His spirit is willing, but his flesh is weak. He has yet to experience the full transforming power of the Spirit of God (Acts 2) which follows the process of repentance and restoration through which Christ guides him in John 21.
He loves Jesus, but with what kind of love? We like Peter may well ask ourselves the same question. Sure we may sing, “My Jesus I love Thee, I know Thou art mine…. For Thee all the follies of sin I resign…” Yet faced with a similar type of temptation, we resign our love for Jesus, and with out actions profess our love for sin.
What do others notice when they observe our lives? Would any say –
“You also were with that Nazarene, Jesus,…” “This fellow is one of them…” “Surely you are one of them….”
Are you one of them? Would anyone notice something radically different about us, not just in our words but equally in our actions? As a poster I once saw queries – “If you were charged with being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?” Let’s wrestle with this question before some situation causes us to break down and weep.