John 13:36-38 (NLT)
“Simon Peter said, “Lord, where are you going?” And Jesus replied, “You can’t go with me now, but you will follow me later.” 37 “But why can’t I come now, Lord?” he asked. “I am ready to die for you.” 38 Jesus answered, “Die for me? No, before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will deny three times that you even know me.”
Chestnut Avenue Community Church
Peter didn’t know himself very well — not nearly as well as Jesus did. Peter thought he was “all that,” one of the inner circle of the handpicked disciples of the Messiah Himself! Dude, he was in! And, as he said here, he was ready to go for it!
Yet Jesus knew that Peter, just as he was, was no match for what was about to happen. And he surely wasn’t.
But later, when Peter had been refined by tragedy, bewilderment, and terror as Jesus was crucified; when he had eaten with and touched and worshipped the resurrected Jesus; when he was filled with the Holy Spirit—then he became a force with which to be reckoned! Then he became someone who went with Jesus wherever Jesus went—even to death. He did, as Jesus had promised, “follow Me later.”
We can’t really know ourselves, not the way the Lord does. He sees us inside and out and knows what we are made of. But if we will let God do the work in us that needs to be done—refining, shaping, pruning—then we will become someone who will follow Jesus wherever He goes, able to stand fast, able to carry the burden, able to be true. If you want to be true, if you want to go all the way with Jesus, let God do what He needs to do inside you.
Jesus, I want to go with You; I want to be true. Please do the work in me that is needed.
Dialog discuss: “If anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.” It all boils down to this; you stand before people through self-assertion or self-less-ness, promotion or humility. Isn’t it interesting how many followers of Jesus revert to “power plays” of the world instead of the “humility of servanthood?” Bob Roberts, Globalization.
Have you tried servanthood? How did it go? Is that bad? Have you tried self-assertion? How did it go? Is that bad? Lord, continue to lead my heart into encounters and discoveries with you that make my faith contagious!