Just like Peter, who denied Christ, I have been redeemed and assigned a job: to tell people about the goodness of Jesus.
Peter was on fire for Jesus, but under pressure he took the easy route. He denied Jesus three times when questioned about his relationship to the man on trial. Jesus later restored him, despite this betrayal, and then asked Peter to “feed his sheep.”
“Tell people about me!”…. Jesus
At times, the testimony of my life is like Peter at the time of his denial: my life just doesn’t jive with what I believe.
Recently, I had become excited about completing the last post (August 31) for the first year of atablesetbeforeme.com; this blog!
While I was writing down the achievement in a grocery store parking lot, I happened to look up and there was a needy man standing just next to my car waiting for me to exit.
I made a profane exclamation as he surprised and startled me! Immediately, just as Peter knew when he had denied Christ, I knew that I had been tested and failed! My behavior did not reflect my faith. I think he saw the profanity I mouthed through the window pane of my vehicle as I glanced up from writing.
I did give the man the money I had (with a blessing from God) but became fully aware that the achievement of this blog is not by my will or power (or the Brothers helping me) but only by the Might and Power of Jesus Christ!
Time to please pray for my mouth:
James 5:16 (NLT)
16 Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.