Deserting to Jesus
“Peter said to him, “Even if everyone else deserts you, I never will.” Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, Peter—this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny three times that you even know me.” “No!” Peter declared emphatically. “Even if I have to die with you, I will never deny you!” And all the others vowed the same.”
(Mark 14:29-31 NTL)
Many times, while reading this story, my tendency has been to accuse Peter of being a “loudmouth”, someone who spoke impulsively; but if we read more closely, we can see that also the other disciples said the same as Peter: – “We will not abandon you” – but eventually, they too did the same, deserting the teacher, at least Peter continued following Jesus from far.
It is very easy for us, to realize or point out as others deny the Master with his words or his actions, but, Have we stopped to think how we deny the Master in our lives?
We must be very careful, since we may be saying that we follow Jesus because we go to church every Sunday, give a generous offering or do not say bad words; but we could be abandoning the Lord Jesus when we mistreat our family, by not paying our taxes fully, or to be partakers of gossip, flattery or denigration of others, or anything else out of HIS will.
If we have already deserted or denied Jesus, do not forget that we still have a second chance; Yes!, and it is possible if we turn back to Jesus repentant, willing to submit to HIS Lordship and obey HIM every day.
© David García Licona – July 2013