And Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away, for it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’ But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.” Peter said to him, “Even though they all fall away, I will not.” And Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.” But he said emphatically, “If I must die with you, I will not deny you.” And they all said the same.—Mark 14:27-31
In our Christian walk as men, most of us realize we have a lot in common with Peter. He speaks without fully thinking about what he is saying and makes these bold, impulsive promises. Peter is a doer, and he likes to jump in headfirst—I love this about him. I believe many men can identify with that. Because when you've tasted the grace, forgiveness, and mercy of Christ, you want to jump in headlong.
And yes, Peter made a bold boast here. Yes, Peter followed his heart, and in a moment of emotional fervor, he declared he was "all-in" without thinking through the implications. But read on. He wasn't the only guy to do this. They all said they were "all-in." All the men blindly follow as Peter leads the way without a lot of further thought or discussion.
But the voice of accountability is there to offer some commonsensical advice. It's Jesus. With a voice of understanding, he declares, "I say to you that today, even this night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times."
We all need to heed the voice of biblical reason. Here Jesus offers it free of charge. But we need it in our time too. Sound biblical counsel that helps us to reason the implications of our decisions. So today, seek out a man who follows God, whose been in your shoes and get counsel before making that next all-in decision.
DO THIS: This week, we are focusing on the discipline of accountability.
Your Call To Act (C.T.A.) today is:
- Pray: for 5-minutes, about the wisdom you need regarding that life decision you're about to make.
- Call: a brother today and ask for his wisdom.
- Tell: other men in the comments below, the kind of wisdom you need. They may just come to your aid.
⚡Go All In & Share That You Did Today's Challenge