Today’s Reading: John 13:21-38
36 Simon Peter asked him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus replied, “Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will follow later.” 37 Peter asked, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” 38 Then Jesus answered, “Will you really lay down your life for me? Very truly I tell you, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times! - John 13:36-
It’s easy to forget things, to lose track of time, or to put things off. Well aware I should change the filter in my heating/cooling unit return every month, I thought it was time to do it one morning thinking I was right on time. I got out the new filters, opened the cover and pulled out the old ones. Forgetting I had dated the old ones to keep track of the schedule, I was quite disturbed to find out I was four months late! It must have seemed like four or five months had passed when Peter denied Christ, easily forgetting that just hours before he declared to lay down his life for Jesus. When the crowd pressed in and the questions flew, he quickly forgot his pledge in favor of his pleasure. Jesus knew what Peter was going to do because he knew his heart. Peter’s actions didn’t cause him to turn from Jesus permanently. We know the rest of the story. It may have been Jesus’ rhetorical question that played in his mind when he least expected it. Peter really did lay down his life for Jesus after all. During times like we find ourselves in today, trying to navigate a global pandemic, we don’t need to lose sight of our promises once made. We need God more than ever and turning from him would be an unwise decision. Don’t easily forget what you promise Christ. Don’t let a misstep deter you from following Christ as one of his disciples. Now is the time to take right steps with Jesus.
Heavenly Father, we are grateful you do not cast us aside when we let our humanness get the best of us and temporarily turn from you. You graciously receive us as one of yours. Always. Forgive us when the Peter in all of us surfaces. Let us with passion lay down our life for you even in the midst of a crisis. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.