Devitional 2 from You Version

Undercover Christians

Have you ever tried to be an undercover Christian? That is what happened to Peter. He was trying to blend into the woodwork. He had been following Jesus at a distance and became cold, so he was attracted to the warmth of the enemy’s fire.

At this point, Peter was worn down, defeated, weak, and vulnerable. Why was he even in the high priest’s courtyard? According to Matthew 26:58, “he went in and sat with the servants to see the end.” Peter had forgotten all that Jesus had said about His resurrection from the dead. Now he was just waiting for the end–the end of Jesus’ life . . . the end of his dream . . . the end of everything he held dear. But it was not the end. It would be a new beginning.

Here was Peter’s problem: he was in the wrong place with the wrong people, about to do the wrong thing. And when that passion in our heart begins to die, the fire we had for Christ will grow cold, and we will look elsewhere for warmth.

The Bible tells us,

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper. (Psalm 1:1-3)

When you hang out with the wrong people at the wrong place at the wrong time, then it is only a matter of time until you do the wrong thing.

Summary sentence: Following Christ at a distance can cause you to be attracted to the enemy’s campfire.

Copyright © 2012 by Harvest Ministries. All rights reserved.

Devitional 1

Following at a Distance

Distance from the Lord is at the heart of every fall.

For example, you can show me a marriage that is falling apart and cite all of the various reasons for it, but I will tell you exactly where it broke down. It broke down in the couple’s communication. Something happened, and the friendship their marriage was built on and the companionship they once enjoyed isn’t what it used to be. Then all of those other problems found their way into a fractured marriage.

The same can be said of our relationship with God. We get away from the Lord in closeness. We are no longer starting the day with Bible study and prayer. We are too busy doing other things, and then other problems develop. And we find ourselves following at a distance.

That is one of the steps Peter took toward his denial of the Lord. The Bible tells us that after Jesus was arrested, “Peter followed Him at a distance to the high priest’s courtyard. And he went in and sat with the servants to see the end” (Matthew 26:58, emphasis added).

There are people like this in church. They are usually late to the service and the first ones to leave. They are usually sitting in the back row. They want to live in two worlds, so they are following at a distance. That is what happened to Peter.

I heard the story of a little boy who fell out of bed in the middle of the night. When his mom asked him what happened, he said, “Well, I think I stayed too close to the place where I got in.”

And that is the same reason we fall away from the Lord. We stayed too close to the place where we got in.

Summary sentence: Do you have closeness or distance in your following of Jesus?

Copyright © 2012 by Harvest Ministries. All rights reserved.