And after they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and had sat down together, Peter was sitting among them. And a certain servant-girl, seeing him as he sat in the firelight, and looking intently at him, said, “This man was with Him too.” But he denied it, saying, “Woman, I do not know Him.” (Luke 22: 55-57 NASB)
Peter was having a bad day. He wanted desperately to know what they were going to do with Jesus.
What had gone wrong? Everything was going so well. Less than a week ago they were riding a wave of fame and glory, and now this.
Now He is sitting among the spectators. These who were crying out Hosanna last week, were speculating now whether it would be prison or crucifixion. Taking bets on whether they would wait till after Passover, or just kill Him now.
He was sitting around the fire the world had kindled, and his faith wavered – well let’s be honest – his faith vanished.
Ever been there?
Ever sat in Church on Sunday, raise your hands up high and sing “I will give you all my worship, I will give you all my praise” and then find yourself sitting around a fire kindled by your co-workers or class mates laughing at the nasty story, or joining in belittling a friend.
When you sit down as a spectator in the world’s arena, your faith will fail.
If we are going to lead the world out of its darkness, we are going to have to burn with a fire from a different source.
Jesus promised to baptize us in the Holy Spirit and fire.
If you will burn with that holy fire, the world will begin to draw near, if for no other reason than to watch you burn.
Lord, help me burn with your eternal flame, and never again warm myself at the world’s fire.