“You aren’t one of this man’s disciples too, are you?” she asked Peter. He replied, “I am not.” It was cold, and the servants and officials stood around a fire they had made to keep warm. Peter also was standing with them, warming himself. – John 18:17-18
What are we willing to give up to be comfortable? Here, Peter did not want to leave the fire in this cold night, while waiting upon Jesus and John to return from the counsel. He was standing by the fire with the officials and people scared to admit he was a follower of Jesus, but why?
Could it be that he did not want to lose his comfort? He was standing warming himself, it states it again down in verse 25 as well. Peter was comfortable and did not want to lose that comfort. So, what that he lied to the officials, they didn’t mean anything to him.
However, on the third time when the rooster crows Peter realizes what he has given up for his own comfort. He has given up his allegiance to Jesus. He has given up the opportunity to defend the cause. He has given up the opportunity to share the Gospel with those who were in need of it, all for the sake of his own comfort.
What are you willing to give up for Jesus? We have to be willing to give it all up, our comfort, our relationships, and our life style. This is the price for the cause of Christ; for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Today is the day to ask that very question, what am I willing to give up? If it isn’t everything, then you need to pray for the strength of the Spirit because we don’t want to end up like Peter after the third rooster’s crow.
God Bless and May You be Lifted Up Lord,