Following at a Distance

18 Jun

Jesus was arrested, just before the crucifixion.  Then He was taken to the high priest for questioning.  At this point in the narrative Luke makes an interesting comment about Peter.

Luke 22:54
Then seizing him, they led him away and took him into the house of the high priest. Peter followed at a distance.

This is the same Peter who said he would die with Christ, if necessary.  The one who was always so outspoken about his faith in the Lord.  Yet, here he is seen shrinking back into the shadows.

This begs the question about our walk with Jesus.  We are always so quick to point out that we follow Christ.  What does that mean to you?  The real question is, “How closely are you following?”  Peter was following Him, but far enough away so that it wasn’t obvious that he was with the Lord.

So often we don’t want it to be seen that we are different from the world.  We want to blend in with society.  We don’t want to get too radical in our Christian walk.  Is that the way it’s supposed to be?

I believe that if we’re going to follow Christ, then we must live openly for Him.  Even the most casual observer should be able to recognize that there is a difference in how we go about our daily routines.

People aren’t shy at all about using foul language, or other ungodly activity.  Christians, on the other hand, are so worried about “offending” anyone.  We should not be afraid of praying or talking about Christ in public.  We need to stop following Him at a distance.

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Posted by on June 18, 2012 in Daily Thoughts


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