This passage was in my morning reading….
And Peter followed at a distance. The guards lit a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat around it, and Peter joined them there. A servant girl noticed him in the firelight and began staring at him. Finally she said, “This man was one of Jesus’ followers!”
But Peter denied it. “Woman,” he said, “I don’t even know him!”
After a while someone else looked at him and said, “You must be one of them!”,
“No, man, I’m not!” Peter retorted.
About an hour later someone else insisted, “This must be one of them, because he is a Galilean, too.”
But Peter said, “Man, I don’t know what you are talking about.” And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed.
While I’m the first to admit that denying Jesus is a big deal, I want to think about this another way.
Remember, he had just recently declared that Jesus was more than a teacher and much more than a friend, he was indeed the Messiah. (Matthew 16:16)
When questioned, he’s not just denying the man known as Jesus. He’s not denying the carpenter he took fishing. Or the guy that he had dinner with last night. He’s denying the truth that was revealed to him by God.
Now you might be thinking that you would never deny truth of Jesus Christ as boldly as Peter did. But what about those little truths that God has whispered into your spirit?
Jesus said that, “you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
What if you're so busy denying the truth that it can't set you free?
Since this is a blog about aligning spirit, soul/mind, and body. Then I’ve got to ask you these questions….
- What do you know that you should be doing to take care of yourself but you’re not?
- Are you holding a grudge?
- Is there some stinking thinking that you need to change?
- Are you eating things that you know are harmful to your health and self-esteem?
- Do you find excuses to get out of daily exercise?
- Is there someone you need to forgive?