Peter said to Him, “Lord, why can I not follow You right now? I will lay down my life for You.” Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for Me? Truly, truly, I say to you, a rooster will not crow until you deny Me three times.” – John 13:37-38
Peter’s heart was in the right place, however, it takes more than good intentions to be a follower of Christ. Our impulsive, impatient character often ignites zeal for the moment, but only as far ahead as we can see. Jesus wanted to be clear that the commitment required of a Christian would extend far beyond what could even be imagined. We must consciously decide daily whether we are willing to sacrifice our very lives for Him.
May I weigh my commitment each day against the passion of my heart. I pray that my love will take action, that I will not only serve You in what I say, but also by what I do.
-Sue Breland, Journey Through the Cross: Meditations for Lent ©