Re: Verse reading–Matthew 26:47-50, 57-66; 27:11-26 (day five)
One of the saddest descriptions of discipleship in Matthew 47:58, “But Peter was following Him at a distance”. When following at a distance, it can be easy to ask the wrong question. Teenagers ask it all the time. “How far is too far?” “Can I do this and still be considered faithful and pure?” “Can I choose this and still be labeled as godly?” Don’t be so quick to look down on teens. Adults do it as well. We are just more sophisticated about it.
What influences were at work in Peter’s heart? Fear? Uncertainty? Frustration? Helplessness? Anger? Any sound familiar? Maybe the question we should ask in those moments is “How close is too close?” We can be intentional to draw “near” to The Lord and His people.
Hebrews 10: 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another.