WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21
“Now the servants and officers had made a charcoal fire, because it was cold, and they were standing and warming themselves. Peter also was with them, standing and warming himself… Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. So they said to him, ‘You also are not one of His disciples, are you?’ He denied it and said, ‘I am not.’”
JOHN 18:18, 25 ESV
RUNNING FROM THE TRUTH: BLENDING
“’It is a wonderful opportunity, this game of hokus-pokus,’ the New York Times mused in a 1917 Op-Ed about the newfangled concept of “camouflage,” borrowed from the French word camoufler, ‘to disguise.’ Just two years earlier, France had established the world’s first military team dedicated to stealth attire, after a crushing defeat at the hands of German troops convinced French generals that their armed forces should forgo their stylish white gloves and pantalons rouges for a more muted look…It’s been said that the clothes make the man, and nowhere is this truer than in the military. A soldier’s uniform denotes everything from allegiance and branch to title and rank. And when it comes to camouflage, it can mean the difference between life and death.” (M.J. Stephey, Time Magazine)
For the military, wearing camouflage and blending into your surroundings is a matter of survival. For the Apostle Peter, blending into the crowd may have also been a matter of survival but it was also a source of denial. Twice in John 18 we find Peter standing and warming himself with the enemies of Jesus. Now you see how far this poor guy has come. In the garden he’s standing beside Christ, defending Him with his little sword. Now he’s standing by the fire warming himself with the enemies of Jesus. He is obviously just wanting to be one of the guys and avoid conflict but it eventually led him to denying Jesus.
The pressure for us to blend in and “be one of the guys” can be a major source of temptation to deny that we are Christians. God does want us around unbelievers as a light and witness, but there are some “fires” that we just can’t hang out around. Jesus spent a lot of time with the irreligious crowd. Do you think He ever minimized the importance of His beliefs when he was with the non-church going crowd?
Is it clear to your non-believing friends that you love and follow the Lord? Or are you just “one of the gang”? Are you having more influence on them than they are having on you? Invite them to your place or take a believer with you to dinner. Ask God to show you how to follow the example of Jesus in situations where you may be tempted to blend in.