Aaron Jeffries | @arjeffries1
When it was evening, Jesus reclined at the table with the twelve. And as they were eating, he said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” And they were very sorrowful and began to say to him one after another, “Is it I, Lord?”
Peter answered him, “Though they all fall away because of you, I will never fall away.” Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” Peter said to him, “Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you!”
-Matthew 26:20-22, 33-35 ESV
How often do we make bold statements like this?
Our zeal for the cause of Christ often makes us feel like giants, yet when compared to Him, we are nothing but ants. Peter didn’t follow through at all with is claim to die with Christ. In fact, he did the exact opposite of his proclamation. He denied having any kind of relationship Christ not once, but three times.
James said it best when he penned:
“Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.” (James 4:13-16 ESV)
What are you promising God that you are going to do, but you really don’t have any intentions of doing? We can boast all we want. But if we don’t actually follow through with our promises, our words are as a broken foundation. Eventually everything is going to come crashing to the ground.
Aaron Jeffries lives in the wild and wonderful state of West Virginia. He is married to his beautiful wife Kristen, and has been blessed with two amazing little boys. Join him as he writes about life and our amazing Heavenly Father. He can be reached on Twitter at @arjeffries1.