Has someone pledged their undying love, loyalty, or friendship to you and bailed out on you at the first sign of trouble? Jesus’ twelve on my mind today! In Mark 14, Jesus told the disciples that one of them would betray Him and the rest of them would desert Him once.
The indefatigable Peter of course quickly responded that he’d never desert Jesus and would rather die than deny him. Peter isn’t even my focus today, the rest of them are. They also chimed in immediately repeating Peter’s words.
“But Peter kept saying insistently, “If I have to die with You, I will not deny You!” And they all were saying the same thing as well.” Mark 14:31.
Maybe they didn’t want to be outdone by Peter; they wanted to show Jesus, they loved Him to death too. Whatever their reason, we all know what happened when Jesus was grabbed. They all deserted Him, Peter promptly denied Him and John followed at a distance.
We are no different from them though. As Bishop Frank will say “our mouths write checks, our hearts will not cash”. Sometimes the atmosphere is just right; we don’t want to seem less spiritual; we just want to follow the crowd; or we just go with the moment.
The next time you make bold declarations about your love, commitment, loyalty, etc to God or your leaders, take care that they’re more than just lip service. It’s better not to make a vow than to make it and not fulfill it. Have you said things to God and people that you failed to carry out?
Love, Lady Monica ❤️