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Thursday, May 6, 2021 9:09 AM

Refusing What The World Offers - March 30, 2021

Thursday, May 6, 2021 9:09 AM
Thursday, May 6, 2021 9:09 AM

John 18:25-27

One of the most important lessons in life is knowing what not to accept from others. It was a lesson that Peter learned the hard way.

Peter--warming himself by the fire of the opposition--forgot who he was. It was a cool night in Jerusalem when Jesus was arrested and to Peter’s credit he had attempted to defend Jesus in the garden when the soldiers came to arrest him. Peter even followed Jesus after his arrest as other disciples scattered. However, by the fire of the opposition this once brave defender of our Lord denied that he knew him.

Those around the fire are certain that Peter had been with Jesus in spite of his denial. Some may have seen him with Jesus. Others heard something in his speech that gave him a way. A person who was a relative of the man whose ear Peter cut off in the garden was certain Peter had been with Jesus.

The old preacher used to say that you can tell who has been with Jesus because they bear the mark. There is an indemnifying symbol that tells the world you have been with Jesus.

In spite of what others said about him, Peter denied time and time again that he had been with Jesus because he was warming himself by the fire of the opposition. Peter had forgotten what not to accept from others if it threatens your values.

After Peter’s third denial the cock crowed and Peter was reminded of what Jesus said about him. “Peter, you will deny me three times before the cock crows.” Peter leaves the court yard and weeps bitterly knowing that he had accepted what he should not have received--warmth by the fire of the opposition.

Beloved there are some things in life that come with too high of a cost--the denial of faith, the compromise of values, the lost sense of purpose.

May we be always mindful of what we are willing to receive from others even if it has possible temporary benefits for us. For nothing means more than be fully devoted to the master. I’d rather have Jesus more than anything this world can afford.

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