Every new year we create resolutions that we typically break or come up with some dream that has no plan. However, what about the times we invest and sacrifice for the dream that we have given our energy and time to. In John 13:36-14:1-4. We encounter a disciple, Peter. who gave up everything to follow Christ. The most interesting thing about Peter is that we know that Peter was married and could’ve possibly had children. Imagine making a decision to give up the very things and people you love to pursue a deeper purpose and you are told that you will deny the very thing you sacrificed for. For most people we do not have to imagine but we all sacrificed time and energy for something that we just knew was right. Peter walked and commune with God for three years and yet at this moment he is told that he would deny God not one, not two but three times! That would be disheartening to hear to the point where we are all like Peter and will emphatically deny that we would never do something of this nature.
Jesus tells Peter that he cannot follow Him now, but later. Sometimes we look at our lives and determine that we are failures because we are denied or receive a no in a moment we feel that is pivotal or deserved. However, do not lose heart when you get a denial because God has a door that is uniquely made for you. We receive the delay because there is something that we are not ready for or because there is something that is so huge that God wants us to use us for. Jesus tells the disciples to not let their hears be troubled and that He is going to prepare a place for them and us! Peter does eventually deny Jesus three times but he was not supposed to follow God at that time. In Acts 2:38, Peter is needed to preach to a crowd and he gives his sermon and about three thousand were added to the kingdom of God. So remember when you are denied or fail, remember God has special task and plan for your life that is far greater than what you were expecting.