"Perhaps I'll be like Peter in his bravado…"

If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.

 

Steve Timmis, co-author of Total Church and Acts 29′s Western Europe Director posted a series of profound comments on Twitter Monday morning that I wanted to share with you: 

How can I be sure I would lay down my life for sake of Jesus & the gospel?  

Perhaps I’ll be like Peter in his bravado and subsequent denial? 

Can’t ultimately be sure until I’m called on to do so. But there are indicators in what I am reluctant to give up… 

If I’m not prepared to give up my bed to go and serve someone, I can be fairly confident I won’t give up my life… 

If I refuse to give up a holiday abroad so I can support someone in gospel ministry, I can be fairly confident I won’t give up my life… 

If I’m not willing to pursue people who are different from me in order to bless them, I can be fairly certain I won’t give up my life… 

If I’m not prepared to miss out on promotion so I can stay & help plant churches, I can be fairly certain I won’t give up my life… 

If I’m not prepared to jeopardise a friendship so that I can tell others about Christ, I can be fairly certain I won’t give up my life. 

“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”
Jesus Christ
 

Lots to think about here.