Mark 14: 53, 54: Check your pulse.
“53 They took Jesus to the high priest, and all the chief priests, the elders and the teachers of the law came together. 54 Peter followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. There he sat with the guards and warmed himself at the fire. ” NIV UK
There are a number of ways to take your spiritual pulse. Today’s short passage throws up a couple of vital pulse-reading question:
- Are you following Jesus – but at a distance? Maybe, like Peter, you have gone further than other disciples you know. That notion may lull you into a false sense of confidence. You feel superior. You’ve done better (you think). But the real question is, Have you gone as far as you could? Or, are you keeping a safe distance between you and Jesus? You have shown bravery and courage in your following so far. Yet, still, you hang back from all the danger and risk involved in being very close to Jesus. You do count your life dear and you hold on to it.
- Are you warming yourself at the world’s fire? Bible Study and prayer are not the great delight of your life (if they ever were). At times this stuff bores you, if you’re honest. You don’t find excitement and adventure in a daily walk with God. You can’t say that you burst into the day, eager to meet your Lord afresh and hear what He has to say to you. Instead you find your comfort, diversion, ‘warmth’ at a worldly fireside. That’s where your real interest lies. These are the flames which mesmerise you with their glow.
Check your pulse!