A Crowing Rooster
Having lots of experience in denying Jesus, I can say with confidence, it hurts deep down in a part of the soul that can not be seen with the eye, nor X-ray and not even an MRI. No, it lives in the same place as our “worship basket” lives.
Having changed my life a few years ago and making attempts at getting closer to God denying Jesus is no longer part of my routine. It seems I find myself proclaiming Him as King of Kings more often than anything else. This, however, does not affect my actions. Ah, actions. The way we conduct ourselves that the rest of the world sees. Can another person see Jesus Christ through my actions and nothing else? Will they see the Gospel or will they see something of a hypocrite?
If we live by “free will” it may be long periods of drought before the rest of the world sees Jesus Christ through our actions. The rest of the world may look at us and see that we “are from Galilee”, but we are somehow denying that we know Jesus Christ. Our language may be that any person within ear-shot can hear we are a follower, but instead of hearing the Gospel they hear denial.
If we live by His will our actions reflect Him, the words spoken are not ours and the signals are rarely, if ever, mixed. The Living God can be seen and heard and the whole of the world is a witness to the Gospel.
Mark 14 NKJV
66 Now as Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came.
67 And when she saw Peter warming himself, she looked at him and said, “You also were with Jesus of Nazareth.”
68 But he denied it, saying, “I neither know nor understand what you are saying.” And he went out on the porch, and a rooster crowed.
69 And the servant girl saw him again, and began to say to those who stood by, “This is one of them.”
70 But he denied it again. And a little later those who stood by said to Peter again, “Surely you are one of them; for you are a Galilean, and your speech shows it.”
71 Then he began to curse and swear, “I do not know this Man of whom you speak!”
72 A second time the rooster crowed. Then Peter called to mind the word that Jesus had said to him, “Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times.” And when he thought about it, he wept.