I. St. John 18:25 (NKJV) Now Simon Peter stood and warmed himself. Therefore, they said to him, "You are not also one of His disciples are you?" He denied it and said, "I am not!"
II. In the above verse, Peter, one of Jesus' disciples was asked if he was a disciple of Jesus. Peter answered saying, "I am not!" It is not known why Peter decided to disown his Master, but we do know that it was foretold by Jesus to Peter that he would deny him three times. Jesus even went further to tell Peter that before the cock crows, he would deny him three times. Why did Peter deny Jesus? Could it have been that he was afraid of what others may say? Was he ashamed of Jesus? We will never know what was in Peter's heart. What would be said of us if we were asked by others, "Are you a disciple of Jesus?" Would our answer be an immediate "yes" with enthusiasm and without shame? Or, would we deny him boldly to protect our image and character. Honestly, we can't say what we would do. But, if we are truly committed to Jesus and to his ways, we should have no problem answering that question.
We cannot forget about His mercy, grace, loving-kindness, faithfulness, compassion, unconditional love, and a whole list of other feelings he shows toward us. Would our minds go on the cross and imagine the awful pain and suffering He went through just for us? Also, would we realize that one day we will see Him face to face and would have to give an account for our actions down here? If you’re ever asked if you are a disciple of Jesus, your answer should be a loud and confident "Yes!”
We should never be ashamed to admit that we are disciples of Jesus because he is not ashamed to call us his children. St. Matthew 10:33 (NKJV) states, "But whoever denies me before men, him I will also deny before my Father who is in heaven." Even when we make mistake, He still calls us His. What a mighty God we serve. There were times in my life that I would ask God, "Why do you continue to love me after all the mess I have done and still sometimes do?" He would remind me that His mercy endures forever and His love is everlasting. Hearing those words brought me comfort and causes me to desire to do what’s right instead of what’s wrong. .
If you don't want to be denied by Jesus, then don't deny Him. A true disciple is not ashamed of their Lord, but will gladly say that they are a disciple of His with confidence. When it comes to Jesus, it shouldn't matter what people say or what they may think of you when you say that you are a follower of His. All that matters is that you are pleasing him and he is pleased with you. The greatest thing that happened to Peter even though he did deny Jesus is that Jesus still used him to write most of the New Testament. Jesus could have written Peter off after he denied him, but mercy and grace was on Peter’s side. The same way mercy and grace was on Peter’s side back then, the same goes for us today. No matter what people say or think, let your answer be a strong and confident "yes" when asked if you are a follower of Jesus. He will be pleased and it will bring a smile to his face!
III Questions To Ask Yourself
1. What would cause me to deny being a disciple of Jesus?
2. What makes me a disciple of Jesus?
IV A Call to Action
1. Write down three things that will cause you not to deny being a disciple of Jesus.
2. Examine yourself. Will people know that you are a disciple of Jesus without asking you?