“What if all this time it wasn’t a matter of denying Christ with one question in front of a shooting squad to save your life. But instead it was a series of questions over the course of your life in which you deny Christ to save your power, your comfort, and your pride?” Lauren Chastain
I’ve been chewing on this “what if” and a few thoughts came to mind as I did. I thought about Jesus’ instructions to pick up our cross every single day and follow Him. Every single day. I made a decision in my pre-teens to say yes to Jesus but it wasn’t until my late 20s when I came to understand the depth of that “yes” during a season of starting over. Part of that journey included a 12 step recovery program. Tucked away in Step 3 was the ingredient my “yes” had been missing for all those years. “Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.”
Turning my life over was a one and done decision. My will, on the other hand, was a “pick up my cross and follow of him” moment by moment choice.
I’ve alway loved the imperfect example Peter who Christ gave the name “The Rock”. Yet this rock, who walked on water one day, crumbled on another when His faith was put to the test. Three times he denied he even knew the Man he had once shared a water walking moment with. Three times. Three times he was asked a series of questions and three times he denied.
I am so glad the story didn’t end there.
I am so thankful for that moment on the shore when a resurrected Jesus asks him, repeatedly, three more questions: “Peter, do you love me? And then Peter’s humble, broken response each and every time. “Of course, Lord…you KNOW I do!”
“Then feed my sheep, take care of my sheep.”
Go. Pick up your cross…daily…and follow Me.