The sign as we leave our church parking lot says, "You are now entering the mission field." We don't have to go around the world to share the good news. People down the street need to know about God's amazing love, forgiveness and mercy. People in this dark world who live in fear, anxiety or anger need to know that they are not alone, that God loves them and is always with them, that He will never leave them, that He has an abundant life for them. I want to share all these things, but I have been put on the spot about my beliefs and failed to get my message across. Have you?
The night before Jesus died the high priest said to Him, "I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God." Jesus said, "You have said it," and followed His statement with, "I tell you, in the future you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven." Jesus was accused for blasphemy for saying that and tried with three illegal Jewish trials: illegal because they were at night. They were at night because the Jews had to do their dirty work before the Sabbath and before the Romans tried Jesus three more times.
Peter who said he would always stand by Jesus actually grew afraid when put on the spot. A servant girl found him in the courtyard and said, "You were with Jesus the Galilean too." He said, "I don't know what you're talking about." Another woman saw him and said, "This man was with Jesus the Nazarene!" and again Peter said, "I don't know the man!" Still others said, "You really are one of them. Your accent gives you away." Peter denied knowing Jesus with an oath.
Think About It
Jesus was tried for His faith and remained faithful, but still died for it. Peter was tried for what he believed and failed when tested, but Jesus forgave him and gave him the keys to the Kingdom. I often relate to Peter, knowing that I blow it, but that Jesus forgives me and gives me more opportunities to serve Him just as he did with Peter.
Pray About It
Thank you, O Lord, for your mercy and grace. Thank you for your faithfulness even though I am not always faithful to you. Help me to be more like Jesus. Strengthen me to do your will. I love you. In Jesus' name, Amen.