26 After singing songs of praise, they went out to the Mount of Olives. 27 Jesus said to them, “You will all falter in your faithfulness to me. It is written, I will hit the shepherd, and the sheep will go off in all directions. 28 But after I’m raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.” 29 Peter said to him, “Even if everyone else stumbles, I won’t.” 30 But Jesus said to him, “I assure you that on this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.” 31 But Peter insisted, “If I must die alongside you, I won’t deny you.” And they all said the same thing. (Mark 14:26-31, CEB)
I will never falter or deny you. Even if all the rest do, I never will.
How many of us have ever said this? We get on fire for following Jesus and we say we will never fall away. We forget that the 12 disciples walked with Jesus for three years and saw the miracles, witnessed first hand what happened, and everyone of them faltered. How do we think we will do any better?
We are made to go after self preservation. But that doesn’t mean we can not follow Christ when we lean in Christ for power and strength and the fortitude to make it through.
Even Peter was restored. That is why Peter is called out by the angel at the tomb, “Go, tell his disciples, especially Peter, that he is going ahead of you into Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you.” (Mark 16:7) Not because Peter isn’t a disciple, but because in spite of what Peter did, Jesus still loves him and wants to work through him.
So don’t be to big for your britches and follow where Christ is leading.
Love People. Love God.