Am I Like Peter?

To follow Him can be really hard. There doesn’t seem to be any contingency plan for any who are looking to escape such a drastic call. Jesus either is, or He isn’t our Lord. “Do you also want to leave?” This is a question that will be asked to every disciple–sometimes once, and sometimes repeatedly.

There are these crystalline moments when I must make a decision. Will I take up my cross and go with Him? There doesn’t seem to be any room in Jesus’ band for ‘almost’ disciples. That scares me sometimes.

Being obedient is far from easy. Today’s cross is waiting for me. I’m afraid at times that I won’t be able to take the next step as a true follower. Am I just fooling myself?

All of heaven seems to stand on tiptoe to see what I’m going to do next.

Who am I really?

“After this, many of his disciples left. They no longer wanted to be associated with him. Then Jesus gave the Twelve their chance:

“Do you also want to leave?”

“Peter replied, “Master, to whom would we go? You have the words of real life, eternal life. We’ve already committed ourselves, confident that you are the Holy One of God.”

John 6:66-69, The Message

Image from Wikipedia, verses are from The Message Bible by Eugene Peterson.

Author: Pastor Bryan Lowe

Studying God's Word is my joy. I want you to understand that there is nothing greater than a life given to Him. I'm an ordained pastor who lives in Alaska.

6 thoughts on “Am I Like Peter?”

  1. This has been my verse this week. “Where else would I go? ” Your words are always rich with insight and encouragement.


    1. You’re very kind. And yes that “scene” produces much. I’ve got a new site, which you just might find interesting.


  2. Many years ago I heard the voice of God very clear asking How far will you go for me? and I couldn’t answer all the way or part of way. there was something within me that held me back from making a spiritual commitment to service.
    it took over twenty years and much heartbreak events which I had created to waken to my God-self. Am I a Peter, Yes.
    I fumble and fall at times yet my vision and faith endures because like Peter where else is there assurance of eternal life.


    1. Me too, I wish I would have made a wholehearted commitment sooner. But I have learned, it’s the “daily” decision that really counts. “Pick up your cross, daily.” And yes, Peter is one of my favs for the reasons you mentioned.


  3. Bryan, Peter’s statement in John 6 says it all. IMHO (we all know that what follows next is not humble, right?) we are God’s wholly owned property, in other words, His slaves. We have been bought with a price and we are not our own. IF that is true, it is then our good pleasure is to serve out Master well, where ever He places us. ( I know your history, at least part of it. As I write this, I am dealing with several physical issues, some serious and some inconvenient. But in all those, the focus is not on me but on His Grace.)


    1. After writing and editing–and then thinking more, I wish I could have emphasized God’s “grace” more than I did.


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