Mark 14:27 “You will all fall away,” Jesus told them, “for it is written: “‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’  28 But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.”  29 Peter declared, “Even if all fall away, I will not.”  30 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “today—yes, tonight—before the rooster crows twice you yourself will disown me three times.”  31 But Peter insisted emphatically, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the others said the same.

Stations-4-peter-7It’s so easy for us to boldly declare that we will never deny Christ.  After all, we love Him so much!  When we are called into service, we won’t hesitate to respond.  It’s the least we can do since Christ has done so much for us.  But what happens when it comes time for us to perform?  We fail miserably.  When Peter’s time came to be proven, he was unable to pass the test.  Do we intend to fail?  Absolutely not!  In fact, we usually envision ourselves executing our grandeur plans to near perfection.  What we actually do, however, usually pales in comparison to what we believe we will do.  Christ was admonishing Peter that Peter shouldn’t be so hasty to think that highly of himself.  Paul also admonishes us in the same fashion: Romans 12:For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.
Take time today to examine yourself.  While you may be quick to boast with your mouth that you will never deny Christ, how may your actions scream “I do not know the man!”  Do your actions say you are ready to be crucified with Christ, or do they say that you are refusing to be crucified with Christ?