Day 26
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The Cost of Conviction

Scripture

Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the high priest's house, and Peter was following at a distance. And when they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat down among them. Then a servant girl, seeing him as he sat in the light and looking closely at him, said, “This man also was with him.” But he denied it, saying, “Woman, I do not know him.” And a little later someone else saw him and said, “You also are one of them.” But Peter said, “Man, I am not.” And after an interval of about an hour still another insisted, saying, “Certainly this man also was with him, for he too is a Galilean.” But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about.” And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed. And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the saying of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the rooster crows today, you will deny me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly.—Luke 22:54-62

Today’s scripture draws on an abrupt contrast between two declarations of Peter. Peter’s earlier profession, a few chapters back, was rather bold. His declaration was, “You are the Christ, the son of God.” But here amidst the mild pressure of a servant girl he changes his conviction, “Woman, I do not know him.” It’s pretty amazing how within a short period of time his profession changes.

Some men might think how could he do this? And why the abrupt change?

When a profession has a relational cost we always evaluate it a little differently. While we may be willing to confess Christ before followers in the Christian community, it’s professing it in front of non-believers that puts us at risk. It’s here we evaluate. When the cost of the proclamation may put us at risk of being ostracized, passed over, fired, or in this case put to death, the real value of the declaration is honestly assessed. The greater the value, the more willing the profession, and the more willing the risk. In the case of Christ, he was willing to risk his life. But for Peter, he was still in the process of evaluating. He was in, but just not all-in. For him, Christ was not yet worth his very life. But, this one short-coming is not the entire story. There was more to come from this man who Jesus called “the rock” and his conviction would grow leaps and bound in the days to come.

I think we too are just like Peter—men of conviction in the making. We at times lack the confidence to boldly proclaim our faith, and thus at times fail to take a stand. But if we lack confidence we should seek it and ask for it. God wants us to grow in confidence in Him daily. While we may deny today, tomorrow is another day to take another step of faith.

This week we are focusing on the discipline of ministry.

Your Call To Act (C.T.A.) today is:

  • Pray: for 5-minutes, and God to grow your confidence to do his ministry.
  • Tell: us below, in the comments something you are willing to proudly profess to others about Christ.
  • Share: this with one other person you encounter today.

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133 thoughts on “The Cost of Conviction

  1. Bryan says:

    I will proudly profess that my confidence and peace of mind during these uncertain times comes from faith and trust in Christ. Lord, help me to be bold today!

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  2. Art says:

    Proclaiming the saving grace of Jesus Christ, His love, forgiveness, compassion, to bring meaning to live , life eternal and the power to live it by His Holy Spirit!

  3. Seth says:

    I am proud to profess to put my full faith, love, and trust in God. I am also proud to profess that my purpose is to let God do his work through me.

  4. Tom says:

    The Lord has made me stronger in my Faith. God has given me a Sporit of strength
    To be able to teach His word and to help those in need.

  5. Dan Boswell says:

    He changed my life forever. He would do the same for you if you would invite him in into your life.

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  6. Jim Butterfield says:

    I love to tell people how God has blessed me. Surviving 3 heartattacks, 2 ballon procedures, 2 stints,5 bypasses, lung cancer, 3/4 of my right lung removed. I am gere to tell you Jesus Saves. I can do my own yard work, hike 2-3 miles aday Praise God

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  7. Austin says:

    I am proud to say, things aren’t always easy but I profess that I Trust Him, he created me and the things I go through are for the reason to test my faith.

  8. Dean Wendler says:

    In this political time, I am willing to say I am a Evangelical Christian and I support the biblical principals this Nation was built on. I like Vince’s talk about Confidence and Conviction. That we are men of conviction in the making. Growing up in the mountains of Colorado, I like the saying “Best views come after the hardest climb”. We are all working hard to be more Christ-like and the best view will be when we reach our God in Heaven.

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  9. Greg says:

    What a true statement. Things are so easy in church or with the comfort of Christian friends. I watched the movie”God s not Dead 2″ last night. What am i willing to give up in my confession of Jesus, my Savior from sin and death!!! Lord, help me to be bold and strong!!!!

  10. Michael Spencer says:

    I pray that I will always proudly and boldly proclaim that Jesus is The Messiah – and the courage to deliver the message anywhere.

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  11. Troy Theye says:

    Proudly have to say that my walk has become 10x stronger with God. Grew up in a great Christian household. But as we all age and encounter Life and its struggles, it is Jesus Christ that keeps me accountable and his test daily on my Faith!!!

  12. Walter says:

    I pray tha I will not just say I’m blessed, instead I will explain why I am. That because of what Jesus did for me and all of us , is the reason. Though I stumble every day He is always there with grace and mercy. ” Always given never earned”.

  13. Ed says:

    I can not sit in the stands and be a fan of Jesus shaking my Pom poms on Sunday morning and forgetting about him the rest of the week. I must pick up my cross daily and be a follower.

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  14. Rafael Dixon says:

    I’m willing to proudly profess to ANYONE that Christ changed my life for the better and took me off the path of destruction.

  15. William Adams says:

    Scripture says count the costs before you build. An unfinished house is nothing more than an eyesore. Proclaim the love of Christ and stand boldly in faith and see Him work in the love you have proclaimed.

  16. Jay Wegiel says:

    I must admit that I find it way easier for me to share my faith boldly around Christians than in the secular society. Thank God that He continues to nudge me in that direction. Today I will share His steadfastness in my life with someone, that I’m not so sure is a Christian.

  17. Ross Peterson says:

    Jesus is all I need. Everything else that I take comfort is not built to withstand that standard and will ultimately fail.

  18. Dave Benson says:

    I’ve made the mistake of not introducing my wife a few times to people assuming they knew her. I felt foolish when they said “who is this gal with you?” The same thing has happened when I’ve been around people that are down and hurting. They give the look like “who is with you that gives you joy?” but often I don’t introduce them to Jesus. Today, I’m going to be more bold and confident!
    But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. 1 Peter 3:15a

  19. Jeff says:

    I don’t have a dramatic conversion story to share to others but I want to live out in front of them and to proclaim that God has changed my heart and He’s not done yet until my final breath. So I am praying for a softened heart, a listening ear, and hands and feet to carry out God’s will for me.

  20. Bill says:

    As long as I’m on this world I’ll be in a survival mood. Just like Peter, when it really counts, I sometimes fail. But everytime I fail, there is a lesson to be learned if I listen which helps me become stronger in Christ.

  21. Rich says:

    Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes…..
    I no longer chose to withhold the truth that may set someone free.

  22. Samuel says:

    Possibly because I am older and retired but it has become easier and more comfortable to confess to anyone my faith and blessings that God has bestowed on me. I also must confess that to my knowledge I have never felt any type of retaliation ant any level when I have done so but may have experienced a few raised eyebrows along the way.

  23. Nick Hall says:

    Christ saved my life!!! And he continues to save my life on a daily bases!!! All glory and honor to you Father!!!

  24. Gary says:

    Help me through this sickness that is going on around this world, and because of my faith in him I do not fear death.

  25. Addison says:

    I will proudly profess that Jesus is my redeemer and He wants to be your redeemer too! We all fail, stumble, make bad decisions, say things we shouldn’t. ……. But His love and forgiveness never change! He wants us to honestly take our lives before him so he can redeem us and work through us to impact others.

  26. Jason says:

    I ask for confidence and that the Holy Spirit would give me the the words to share the gospel of Jesus.

  27. Duc says:

    Proclaiming that God is Good all the time & all the time God is Good. Proclaiming the peace of mind, joy, faith and trust that the Lord will provide, protect me and my family all the time!!!

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  28. Justin says:

    How crushing it is to have someone you disappoint be there to witness your betrayal. I need to remind myself that I am in the same situation because God is omnipresent when I stray.

  29. Gerald Waddle says:

    I proudly profess that Jesus is not only my savior but my Lord. I’ve tried life on my terms and when I do….let’s just say things don’t go as planned. I have to let Jesus lead!!

  30. Darin Palmer says:

    I will proudly confess that my faith and love in Christ Jesus has been the reason I am able to continue to be able to remain at center during these trying times.

  31. Ron.M says:

    To be less of a coward when I need to speak up to defend my faith and I also need to change my behavior so others will see Christ Jesus through me.

  32. Adam says:

    The Lord will protect and provide during this time of a pandemic in the world for those who believe and trust in him. Because All the time he is good!

    • Mike says:

      I love the response of “God’s got me” when asked how you are doing.

      God loves us all and watches over us everyday.

  33. Lewis Thompson says:

    Well, brother, it’s easy to profess my faith to you! You are in my circle of love. I will seak out one man today that doesn’t know me personally and tell him what Jesus has done in my life.

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  34. Michael says:

    I’m proud to share my conversion story with Christians, and I have shared with non Christians before. Praying to God for more opportunities

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  35. Chris Teti says:

    I have been sending scripture and other devotionals to people during this virus. Some of whom are not people of faith and turned me down before. Thank God no one has come back telling me to stop sending this stuff.

  36. Mark Roehl says:

    The Lord turned and looked directly at Peter. Wow. That looked when you do or say something wrong, especially when it occurs immediately after the words come out of my mouth….

    • Adam C says:

      That Christ is the refuge we need right now in this life. People need hope, they need Jesus. And people need His followers to proclaim it.

  37. David Steinquist says:

    I can tend to pull back around those I am closest with and spend the most time with. These are the people that can see a difference in me when under pressure or in uncertain times. When I was at Fastenal and flying a lot I found it much easier to share with someone next to me on an airplane. Captive audience for a short period of time, and if they disagreed I would most likely not see them ever again. I pray for a boldness with co-workers, neighbors and friends that I can clearly let them know where my hope comes from nd that I can be positive and uplifting in difficult times.

  38. Jeff Brown says:

    Peter was a crazy man definitely did not lack confidence but made pretty snap decision. Jesus taught him a pretty big lesson with the denial example. I am resting in knowing that Jesus knows my heart and is guiding me. Keep On Truckin comes to mind do my best.

  39. Coach says:

    I proud to profess that I’m a believer in our God of Grace and that through his grace I have and hope to become a better person, husband, father, and coach.

  40. Ching says:

    It is Day 26, some look down on Peter’s denial of Christ 3 times. For me I don’t think I am even close to the same level as Peter to pass judgment on him. I could have deny Christ 30 times under pressure, but I pray that Lord will give me the strength to face whatever adversity that may come and not deny him.

  41. David Luevano says:

    I work with incarcerated youth and when they are having a hard time coping I ask if they pray. I offer to pray for them. In most cases they accept. I ask if they have a bible and if not I will get them one through Life Quest. If they don’t I will still pray for them.

  42. John Wilson says:

    I profess my hope in the proclamation and promise of Jesus. That he proclaimed to be God and he promised we will live forever if we believe in him

  43. Brian says:

    I profess proudly that Christ has overcome all of my shortcomings and failures and redeemed my soul for His glory!

  44. Eric says:

    It’s so clear that Jesus is the only long lasting power to trust and rely on…everything we’ve been given is a gift from God. Therefore echoing the always given, never earned comment below

  45. Keith Tompkins says:

    Appreciate these reminders and encouragements. Love the line “ men of conviction in the making “

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  46. Stephen Rovezzi says:

    Funny, I have just done this with the woman who delivers Meals on Wheels for my friends Mom. Each day we chat for a minute… but just recently, I opened up to her about my faith and belief in Jesus. I had no idea what her convictions are, or what or who she believes in as a higher power, I just started talking. Respectfully of course. And she was very receptive to converse about it…she too being a Christian. Big step. Good step. Easier each time!

  47. Loryn says:

    I have found during this season of isolation, I have been studying God’s word more daily, watching many services to worship. Yesterday when I went to work, was able to openly speak about God’s love and abundance to a couple coworkers.

  48. Matt R says:

    I am currently reading “Stealing from God” by Frank Turek. I love reading on apologetics, because helps me to proudly profess: “There is a God. He is alive!”

  49. Alan Hendrickson says:

    Correct.. it’s easy to talk in our circle of love.. I attempt to stand fast and carry my testimony out into the world.. and with help from the Holy Spirit I’ll continue to do so.. it will need to come by phone in the coming days due to sheltering at home..

  50. Rick says:

    I want to stand up for God and His word. When people say they don’t take the Bible literally, that the stories are exaggerated because it helped people remember the oral tradition, let me say I believe the Bible is divinely inspired, inerrant and is as relevant today as it was when written thousands of years ago.
    When people say Jesus was a good teacher but they don’t believe He is God nor do they believe He rose rose from the dead, let me say He is the light of the world and the savior of the world. That He died, was buried and rose on the 3rd day. That He came to die to reconcile man to God; to do something we couldn’t do for ourselves and to say He is my Lord and Savior and He has paid the price for me to be redeemed, He has adopted me into the family of God and calls me His beloved.
    When people say everyone has their own truth, let me say, the heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?

  51. Cory Bullock says:

    I have many times felt more like a Peter rather than a David for sure! We are men of conviction and will always be! I know God is my father and that HIS son has saved me, I must in return be ALL-IN daily, even though I fall short constantly, each day I must try again!

  52. Brian Winckler says:

    Jesus died in my place so that I am seen as perfect by the father and may have eternal life in heaven.

  53. Kenneth McClatchey says:

    Today’s challenge reminds me of our last 2 Sunday services and Pastor Chad asking “where do you find yourself in these messages” Have I become comfortable in my life in Christ?
    Do I see my Lord and like the woman who had to worship at His feet or am I comfortable and casual in His presence?
    Lord Jesus I pray that I fully return to my first love and forgive my casual attitude toward you.
    Thank for your promise that You will complete the work you began in me.

  54. Jonathan Robertson says:

    Even after reinstatement, Peter had other stumbles. Everytime he gets back in the game, a little stronger. This is the example I need. To never give up, regardless of past mistakes. To always be ready to give a reason for my hope.

  55. Seare says:

    I could proudly proclaims for the mercy and forgiveness that Jesus have had on me. With out his forgiveness I wouldn’t be here.

  56. Mr. Bret says:

    His strength is perfect when our strength is gone. Give us strength, your strength Holy Spirit to endure.

  57. Seth says:

    I have fallen short and there is nothing I can do to make that up, but I am saved because of Christ sacrifice for me.

  58. Jon Brady says:

    My concern and prayer is for boldness to live out my faith and be an example for my family, friends, and coworkers. I profess that Jesus is my Lord and Savoir, however does my character reflect it or do my actions show it? Not always unfortunately. I am thankful for His grace and patience as He continues to mold me.

  59. Dale Nerison says:

    Jesus is my savior and has redeemed me from my failures, just as he lovingly reinstated Peter. I am sharing Easter messages with my family.

  60. Brad says:

    I am proud to profess that God is the one who is transforming me and it is nothing that I am doing. If anything I make it more difficult. God has chosen me and he has chosen you, believe in Him

  61. Jason Davidson says:

    Even when hurt, Christ is there for me. Even when sad, Christ is there for me. Even when troubled, puzzled, scared, happy, doing good, fearful, gliding along … whatever it may be, I always know Christ is there for me.

  62. Dave says:

    I proudly profess my Love for God. I will make that proclamation to my best friend John, who is seeking his Love

  63. Ted says:

    I went to BJs today and I told the woman at the door who was checking people I thanked her for doing what she was doing. She said she has a great God that takes care of her. Praise the Lord, k
    I said.
    I am going to try to be more bold about sharing our Lord.

  64. G says:

    I am willing to proudly profess to others and attribute the path that God has lead me to where I am today. God has put me in the right places even when I have not felt him or known him through my college experience and has led me to something in my life that I have started to truly feel more passionaite about. At times, it is hard to see his plan but I know he is still leading me somewhere. My goal is to gain confidence to continue sharing this with others and inspiring my friends. It is hard for me sometimes to speak to non-believers due to a lack of confidence and feeling like I am invading their space/beliefs. But all it takes is inviting one person which can change their life.

  65. Eddie says:

    He is The Way, and The Truth, and The Life. NO ONE comes to the Father except through Him. He is MY Way, Truth, and Life because He died for my sins and now the Holy Spirit lives in me because of His sacrifice and my belief.

  66. Bryon says:

    As I struggle with various health issues sometime various friends ask about this or that and it’s important to always give thanks to God for the great things he has done.

  67. Dallas says:

    People at my work know that I am a Christian but I always wait for the opening that will give me that chance to witness for Christ!

  68. John D says:

    Shining the light of Christ in Minnesota. So proud to love Him deeply and dearly. Lets find a mountain upon which to shout…

  69. Hugh Prichard says:

    I feel convicted to grow further in my faith. I would like to gain a greater understanding of Scripture and to be more in tune with the Holy Spirit‘s guidance.

  70. Brian says:

    Traditionally Jesus was crucified by Thursday by mid morning. He was laid in the tomb by nightfall and tomb was sealed by Roman decree. Which means no one could break the seal.
    He is there until third day…..Sunday.
    I feel this was a dark time for followers. The mainstream media was in everyone’s faces…”are you not one of those followers?? I saw you going to that church who does not support homosexuality, you’re one of the bigots”

    That’s right Iam.

  71. Brad says:

    Jesus, has changed my life. There is no doubt about that to me. He has given me strength to carry through.

  72. LAVON C LAMBERTY says:

    This setting could have been much different if Peter would have shared with those around him all the times he experienced the miracles Jesus performed and what it was like listening to His teaching. How often I too have shied away from the moment of opportunity to share His wondrous love. My sins of omission, in other words I caused “mission failure.”

  73. Crosby says:

    That he brought me through college and hard times to persevere. He gave me strength and protection when I had none

  74. Denny says:

    The creator of the universe loves me so much He changed my life for the better and calls me His friend! Praise be to God!

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