“All of us carry the nails of the cross in our pocket,” wrote Martin Luther.
How easily we crucify Him!
- By subtly moving Him to the peripheral of our conversation when it is embarrassing to be identified with Christ.
- By compromising His principles in business when it is to our advantage to hedge the truth.
- By smugly taking credit for accomplishments that would have been impossible without His help.
While enjoying a warm and secure evening with Christ and the other disciples the night before the cross, Peter declares, “Lord, I will lay down my life for you.” In a matter of hours however, Peter distances himself from any association with Christ: Personal survival winning over telling and identifying with the Truth.
It is easy to promise Christ the moon when we are among His friends. The true test comes amidst times of guerrilla warfare in hostile enemy territory.
We would never physically crucify Christ. Of course. But how often do we subtly abandon Him when identifying with Him would jeopardize our peace, prosperity, or social standing?
Yes… we, like Peter, “carry the nails of the cross in our pocket.”
“Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 10:32-33)