Peter was a fisherman who was called to follow Jesus. He spent a good portion of his life learning from Jesus but in the end, when his life was at stake he denied Jesus and said “I do not know Him.”
Do you follow Jesus only when it’s easy? When you’re at church it’s not that hard to live like a Christian. But what about when you’re with friends or acquaintances who are unbelievers? What about when people are mocking Christianity or doing sinful things? Will you be bold about your faith even when your reputation or social status is at stake? Or will you care more about what others think of you, keep your mouth closed, stay safe and let what happens happen?
In Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, John Foxe chronicles many of the countless stories of Christians who stood strong in their convictions even when it
meant certain death. They would not back down because they knew that what Christ had done for them was unimaginably greater. Not only did Jesus suffer physical pain, but He suffered separation from God because of our sin. It’s because of His unfathomable grace that we live today, free of the guilt and sin of times past and walking each day with Him.
So why shouldn’t we be bold about our faith? God’s grace changed our lives and it can change others. Let’s be more open about what Jesus did for us and share His love with those we meet even though it’s not comfortable, safe or easy.
2 Corinthians 4:13
But having the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed, therefore I spoke,” we also believe, therefore we also speak.