We all make claims sometimes. We all make promises…
Unfortunately, there are times when we prove our claims are just words…and our promises, though not necessarily empty, went unfulfilled.
We all know about how Peter ‘claimed’ he was ready to die with Jesus, but the Lord quickly told Peter that he would deny Him three times before morning…
Matthew 26:33-35 (NKJV)
33 Peter answered and said to Him, “Even if all are made to stumble because of You, I will never be made to stumble.” 34 Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you that this night, before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” 35 Peter said to Him, “Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!” And so said all the disciples.
But, God expects that of us sometimes because we are human, and though we may mean well, we often fall short.
Matthew 26:41 (NIV)
41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
For example, one claim that we as Christians often proclaim is that if put in the position…we would die for Christ.
However, most of us never get the ‘opportunity’ to prove it…or do we?
How much do you sacrifice for the Lord…daily? (1 Corinthians 15:31)
How much do you deny yourself in following Him…daily? (Luke 9:23)
How much of YOU do you give up for Him…daily? (Matthew 19:21)
How much do you do for ‘the least of them’ (who are Him)…daily? (Matthew 25:31-46)
How many unbelievers do you reach out to, or believers do you encourage…daily? (Matthew 28:19)
You don’t have to die to lay down your life for Christ or your ‘brother’. (John 15:13) Click here to read… YOU DON’T HAVE DIE TO LAY DOWN YOUR LIFE FOR SOMEONE…
Going back to my example of Peter…his denial of Jesus wasn’t the end of the story. He went on to live His life for Christ, putting it on the line to spread the Gospel.
YOU PROVE YOU WOULD DIE FOR CHRIST…BY LIVING FOR HIM!