Yesterday I went to a career fair and it was a good experience! It was my first time going to this particular career fair and it was nice to check it out for the first time. While I was there I was talking with different employers, which is the normal thing to do. To most, in an attempt to make conversation I shared that I recently had a baby and how this has affected some of my decisions going forward with my current job search. It’s exciting news to share the birth of a new baby, and at one booth in particular we were able to connect about the experience of having kids. This booth was full of women, and one woman pointed out that my body shape had returned so quickly, and asked what the secret was. I wanted to write this blog post to express something to you the Holy Spirit pointed out to me from my time at the career fair. My response to the woman was this: “I have no idea.”
“Just as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him Lord, and you have become her children if you do what is right without being frightened by any fear.” (1 Peter 3:6 NASB)
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.” (Matthew 26:33-34 NASB)
In my time with the Lord today, I thought I was studying the scripture 1 Peter 3:4 because of something I had journaled about earlier. I wanted to be renewed on having and maintaining a gentle and quiet spirit, because that’s very precious to God. But as I looked up the reference scriptures to 1 Peter 3:6, it pointed out what fear looks like, portraying the example of Peter denying Christ three times in the same day right after saying that he would lay his life down for Christ (Matthew 26:33). Very convincingly saying that he would never fall away from Christ. But right away in the same chapter he was found denying Christ among the people, with the same conviction he used before. He said he didn’t even know Christ. He said these things because he feared for his life.
At the career fair, the women asked me what the secret was behind my weight loss and appearance after giving birth to a child only 7 weeks prior, and I said, “I have no idea.” The Lord showed me that this is what He meant when He said we would be daughters of Sarah if we don’t fear. If we don’t fear like Peter did, and deny Him in front of people, for fear of our lives. I had every opportunity in that moment to confess Christ, and the power of the kingdom of God to these women. God had presented me with an opportunity right there to be a bold daughter of God and faith, and to tell these women that my faith in Jesus has made me whole. That my faith in Jesus has done this thing, but instead I took the easy route and said I had no idea where this had come from. In so many words, I had denied Christ just as Peter did, right before men.
I wanted to share this experience, because it sparked the question inside of me: how many more other ways are we denying Christ before men? He’s presenting us with opportunity to confess Jesus and to spread the good news of the Kingdom that we claim to be a part of, but how many of us are missing that opportunity under the guise of making conversation? While there are times to just have normal everyday conversation, there are also other times when God is using it to give opportunity to others for hope in God. Hope that allows us to share the victory found in Christ beyond what is seen in the world. Peter had opportunity to share with others that he was a disciple of Christ, and to boldly proclaim that profession. Out of fear he denied him because he didn’t want to die or be associated with Christ. How many of us are holding on to our lives because we don’t want to die? We don’t want to give up our desires, hopes, and dreams in order to pursue God’s righteousness (Matthew 6:33).We don’t want to let go of our lives for the sake of Christ’s? Do we even believe?
“’Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.'” (Matthew 10:32-33 NASB)