Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Testing!


We wish life were easy.
It is not.

There are good times and bad times. There are seasons of comfort. And seasons of testing.

The disciples are entering a time of testing...

24 -26Within minutes they were bickering over who of them would end up the greatest. But Jesus intervened: "Kings like to throw their weight around and people in authority like to give themselves fancy titles. It's not going to be that way with you. Let the senior among you become like the junior; let the leader act the part of the servant."

After this disgraceful display of how worldly and immature the disciples were, Jesus singles out Simon Peter.

31 -32"Simon, stay on your toes. Satan has tried his best to separate all of you from me, like chaff from wheat. Simon, I've prayed for you in particular that you not give in or give out. When you have come through the time of testing, turn to your companions and give them a fresh start."

Peter. Passionate. Impetuous. Highly social, highly verbal.

33Peter said, "Master, I'm ready for anything with you. I'd go to jail for you. I'd die for you!"

This now famous response applies to so many of us. In the ideal world we would face the lions for our faith. We would take on the world. Then we go home and someone is sick, and we are called on to clean up the vomit. And our grandiose declarations meet the reality of our sinful, weak spiritual reality...

34Jesus said, "I'm sorry to have to tell you this, Peter, but before the rooster crows you will have three times denied that you know me."

It was about 8 hours later that Jesus' prophecy actually occurred.

Each day. Each difficulty. Each tough season of life is a test.

Not pass fail.

The test to see if you go on to the next level of difficuly or if you fall back one level.

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