I deserve to be counted out, but he gave me another chance.
Luke 22:54-60 (NLT) So they arrested him and led him to the high priest’s home. And Peter followed at a distance. 55 The guards lit a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat around it, and Peter joined them there. 56 A servant girl noticed him in the firelight and began staring at him. Finally she said, “This man was one of Jesus’ followers!”
57 But Peter denied it. “Woman,” he said, “I don’t even know him!” 58 After a while someone else looked at him and said, “You must be one of them!” “No, man, I’m not!” Peter retorted.
59 About an hour later someone else insisted, “This must be one of them, because he is a Galilean, too.” 60 But Peter said, “Man, I don’t know what you are talking about.” And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed.
1) Peter thought he was the EXCEPTION.
1 Corinthians 10:12 (NCV) If you think you are strong, you should be careful not to fall.
“Acknowledging weakness is the first step towards true strength.” ~ Craig Groeschel
2) Peter followed Jesus at a DISTANCE.
Luke 22:54 (NLT) So they arrested him and led him to the high priest’s home. And Peter followed at a distance.
Luke 9:23 (NLT) Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me.
Sacrifice – We give up things we love for things we love even more. It’s an honor to sacrifice for Christ and His church.