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 bold. His declaration was, “You are the Christ, the son of God.” But here, amidst the mild pressure of a servant girl, his conviction changes, “Woman, I do not know him.” It’s pretty amazing how within a short period of time, there is this much contrast in Peter's attitude and conviction.
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 on Peter. 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. We are men of conviction in the making. At times, we lack the confidence to boldly proclaim our faith and thus 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.
DO THIS: 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 profess to others about Christ proudly.
- Share: this with one other person you encounter today.
⚡ Show Conviction & Share The Challenge