Boy can I relate to Peter in so many ways! Oh how Peter loved Jesus and said he would NEVER deny him, but he did exactly that...not once...not twice...but three times!
I received Jesus as my Lord and Savior when I was ten years old, and I would say I have always loved Jesus and would never intentionally deny Him or my faith, but so many times I have failed. Although I never have preconceived intentions to put other things before Christ and I am sure Peter didn’t either, somehow that’s where we end up.
As I have walked through different seasons of life, I have experienced different things or activities fighting for my attention. When I was a teenager, it was all about me and what I thought was the best decision. As I moved into my college years, I prayed and asked the Lord for His will and direction for my life...but I still wanted to have a hand in what was going on. I quickly came into my twenties, graduated from college and continued to pray for the Lord to send me my soul mate and He so graciously did! Marriage and kids took place in my late twenties and I started to realize how important it was to not hold on to the things I could control, but slowly loosen the grip that I so tightly held on to. And now in my thirties with two beautiful children that grip is getting less and less, for the sole reason of seeing over the years the faithfulness of God.
Society tells us that we should be doing this, wearing that and watching this. Satan even uses the “good”, “churchy” things to distract us from the Lord. I know for our family, we could have something to do every day and night of the week. Sometimes we choose well and sometimes we continue to go until our tanks are completely empty and we fail to spend as much time together with the Lord and with each other. It seems as if there are not enough hours in the day, days in a week or weeks in a year to be all things to all people. That is where we have to sit back and ask ourselves...”Do we want to be all things to all people, or do we want to be faithful to an audience of One?” When we put things before the Lord, we are just as guilty as Peter! I know when I read about Peter, I want to scream at him, “Are you crazy? You said you would never deny Him!” But, oh sweet ladies, are we not acting in the same way? I just wonder if some of our wiser, more seasoned friends and family are wanting to scream the same things at us as they watch from afar.
What is it that you or your family are putting before the Lord? May the Lord burden our hearts for what matters for eternity and not the here and now. May we faithfully put Him first in our homes, our marriages, our friendships and in our workplaces. I am praying for you and for me that the static of the world will lessen and His voice will speak loudest as we walk side by side in this journey together!
In the next post, we will see how intentional servant hood helps keep our focus on Jesus! We are never more like Christ than when we serve Him. John 13:14
Laura is a pastor's wife, mom to two crazy fun kids, part-time marketing director, loves hanging out in her community and building relationships...oh and loves to laugh!