It’s easy to think about how we might respond in a life or death situation…when you aren’t actually in one.
I sometimes think about Peter and his terrible situation as described in the book of Matthew:
“Then Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away because of me this night. For it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.” Peter answered him, “Though they all fall away because of you, I will never fall away.” Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” Peter said to him, “Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you!” And all the disciples said the same.” Matthew 26:31-35
We know what happened next. Peter – who walked alongside our Savior and witnessed His teaching and miracles- denied his relationship with Christ.
I’m no better than Peter. In fact, I’m much worse. Peter was fearful of his life. I don’t have that excuse.
I am given ample opportunities each day to tell of my personal relationship with Jesus. I often, however, fail in this regard.
So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven. Matthew 10:32
Being bold for the cause of Christ doesn’t always present itself like it did for Peter. It often comes today in life’s small, quiet moments. It happens in those times when we are faced with making an ethical choice…or a stand…when we think that no one might notice.
What am I afraid of? Jesus died for our sins- and has promised to be our eternal advocate. We should be bold in embracing our relationship with Christ.
I pray that I become more aware of my opportunities to tell the good news of Jesus- and that I have the courage to publicly acknowledge and embrace this relationship.