I deal in hope : Carolyn R Scheidies

Devotion: When It Counts, Do I Abandon Jesus?

Peter said to him, “Even if everyone else abandons you, I won’t.” Jesus said to Peter, “I can guarantee this truth: Tonight, before a rooster crows twice, you will say three times that you don’t know me.” –Mark 14:29-30 GW

It is easy to look down on Peter, horrified that He could make such a profession of faith, then turn around and deny Jesus. But what about us?

How many commitments have we made to Jesus during times of worship or conviction that we promptly forgot or refused to honor? How many time have we promised to pray for someone, but forgot? Do your friends or co-workers know you are a Christian–and not just in name? Do you say no when enticed with explicit books, magazines, movies or games, hateful or derogatory jokes/comments? Do you nurse anger, bitterness, and revenge instead of allowing Jesus to heal the underlying hurt?

Finally, do you share the good news of healing and hope with those in need? Or, like Peter, when it counts, you pretend you don’t know Jesus?

Maybe we aren’t so different from Peter. Peter repented and became a force for spreading the Good News. What will you do with your commitment to Christ? What will I?

By Carolyn R Scheidies

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