Cock a Doodle Doo

There is a relentlessness in our calling to Christ that sometimes causes us to go over the top on some things. There is a kind of self-assurance that comes at different points along the maturation process, our sanctification, that says, “I have finally gotten somewhere.” It allows us some room to grow, I think. Generally what happens is this: we screw up and God picks up the pieces. And the bigger the bubble we blew with our big mouths the louder the pop! Essentially, He allows us that humongous failing, that painful embarrassment because it is the best way to get our attention.

It’s the pitfall of confidence that catches us and holds us tight in the muck down at the bottom. We are always embarrassed when we realize it. Discouraged, then angry at ourselves and others, an uncomfortable feeling comes over us akin to what happens when an eight-year-old boy—I once knew, guess who—has stuffed an entire packet of Ding Dongs in his mouth. It is at this moment that we realize that we really aren’t as big a deal as we thought we were. Once we are caught tight and worn out from our struggles God can do some work on us.

I was reading the end of Matthew today, which is just where I happen to be in my reading, when I found this:

“Then Jesus said* to them, “You will all fall away because of Me this night, for it is written, ‘I WILL STRIKE DOWN THE SHEPHERD, AND THE SHEEP OF THE FLOCK SHALL BE SCATTERED.’ “But after I have been raised, I will go ahead of you to Galilee.” But Peter said to Him, “Even though all may fall away because of You, I will never fall away.” Jesus said to him, “Truly I say to you that this very night, before a rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” Peter said* to Him, “Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You.” All the disciples said the same thing too.”
Matthew 26:31 – 35 (NASB)

People talk bad about Peter because he denied Christ. I’ve done it myself using his campfire experience the night they took Jesus to illustrate what happens when we aren’t really on guard against compromise and sin. It sneaks up on us when we’re not looking and zaps us. “Oh, I think I’ll just stand here for a little while and warm up.” Sure Peter, you go ahead and do that. The truth of the matter is that he was just an average guy trying to get it right in amazing circumstances. I realize that’s an understatement but its true. One of these days we are all going to be faced with that challenge and its probably going to come when we’re somewhere we’re not used to being. A bar, the wrong side of town, a lawyer’s office—someplace disreputable. Someplace where we’d be ashamed, then shocked if we happened to meet out Pastor there. “Hey, you look like a Christian!” someone’s going to say. You don’t look like you belong here at all buddy is what they’re thinking and they’re right. You should be nearly anywhere else but you’re there. Wherever there is, be on your toes or you’ll end up crying when the rooster crows.

We are commanded to work at our sanctification. Again and again we find we are unable to do anything so we throw ourselves on God–and, SURPRISE! We find that there’s where He does the work.

Links:
Unbelief is Depressing
Thankful for Pain

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