Now Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him. “You also were with Jesus of Galilee,” she said.
But he denied it before them all. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said.
Then he went out to the gateway, where another servant girl saw him and said to the people there, “This fellow was with Jesus of Nazareth.”
He denied it again, with an oath: “I don’t know the man!”
Matthew 26: 69 – 72
One of my favourite songs is “Walk a mile in my shoes” written by the singer songwriter Joe South. There are many versions of it by various artists and You Tube is a good place to start if you’d like to listen to the song. The lyrics, “Before you accuse, criticise or abuse, walk a mile in my shoes”, are particularly pertinent to this passage of scripture. Professing our love for Jesus and praising him loudly is very easy among friends and fellow Christians, but what would we have done had we been in Peter’s shoes? It is all too easy to take the moral high ground and say “I would never have behaved that way” but can we in all honesty say that we wouldn’t have simply turned and fled the scene. We are fortunate that we live in a society where we will not face prison or worse if we confess to being Christians. Many across the world are not so fortunate. Do not take this good fortune for granted and take the opportunity to share your love of Jesus whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Prayer: Forgiving God, Grant us the courage to stand up for our beliefs, to profess our faith openly and to share your word and the teachings of your son. Teach us to be the ones to reach out to others and guard us against the traps of becoming the accuser, the critic or the abuser. Amen
Action: Share your faith whenever the opportunity is given to you.