After Jesus’ arrest two of His disciples followed along. One was Peter and the other was a disciple know to the rulers. At one stage one of the girls who watched the door saw Peter and said, “You are one of His followers.” Peter’s response was simple, short, and to the point – “I am not.”
I wonder how Peter felt. Surely he remembered saying to Jesus, “I won’t betray You,” and only a few hours later here he is denying Christ. I don’t know what I would have done if I had been in Peter’s sandals. I would like to think I would have done differently, but Peter though the same thing.
The truth is that we don’t have to verbally say, “I am not” in order to have that kind of attitude. We say, “I am not” every time we don’t stand for Christ is a difficult situation. We say, “I am not” every time we knowingly miss a chance to take a stand for him.
Before we are too critical of Peter, let’s look for our own “I am not” attitude.