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Like Jesus, We Must Be Devoted To God Till Death

Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 01 February 2017

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John 13:36-38

36 Simon Peter said unto him, Lord, whither goest thou? Jesus answered him, Whither I go, thou canst not follow me now; but thou shalt follow me afterwards. 37 Peter said unto him, Lord, why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my life for thy sake. 38 Jesus answered him, Wilt thou lay down thy life for my sake? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, The cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied me thrice.

1 Corinthians 10:12

12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

EXHORTATION:

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imon Peter wanted to follow Jesus wherever He goes. Jesus told him that he would not be able to go right away where He is going. Jesus was referring to His death, resurrection and ascension to the Father. But in a hurry to impress Jesus with his loyalty, Peter said, “Lord, why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my life for thy sake.” Peter was too sure of himself, but without fully counting the cost.

Imagine the shock Peter felt when Jesus predicted that he would deny Him that very night. Peter repeated his claim later that evening in the garden (Matt 26:35). This time all the disciples joined him in affirming that they would stay with the Master, even if it meant dying. But just a short time later, when their lives appeared to be in danger, all the disciples left Him and fled (Matt 26:56). Peter, who stayed with Christ for a little while longer also denied Him.

While Jesus’ allegiance to His Father took Him to the cross, His disciples’ declaration of loyalty quickly waned off. Peter, who had so loudly boasted that he would stand by the Lord failed miserably. Instead of giving his life for Jesus, he tried to save it by denying Him.

It is good to confess our loyalty to the Lord, but let us do it with humble prayer and vigilance. When Jesus told Peter to watch and pray that he might not enter into temptation, he failed to pray and eventually failed to keep his loyalty. It is important that we confess our willingness to follow Jesus, but never because we are sure of ourselves. Like Jesus who humbly prayed in Gethsemane for strength to be true to God in His severest test, let us also be prayerful that we may keep our promises. Be always humble, prayerful and vigilant to maintain our loyalty to our Lord.

THOUGHT:

Promised loyalty is not loyalty until it is practised.

PRAYER:

Lord, keep me by Your power, lest I stray from You.