DayBreaks for 08/29/11 – Holding Fast to Our Confession
Jonathan Schwartz called 911 in New York City in July to report that he had stabbed his mother to death. A few minutes later, but before police arrived, Schwartz called back 911 to report a correction: “No, she committed suicide.” (The mother’s body was found with multiple stab wounds, and police, notwithstanding Schwartz’s “correction,” charged him with murder.) – NY Daily News, 7/4/2011
This is none of the more stunning examples of someone going back on a confession that I’ve ever heard of. It isn’t unusual to hear that someone suspected of a crime make a confession, but later recanted that confession. I can’t help but wonder if they ever meant it in the first place – even if the original confession was the truth.
We all, from time to time, struggle with our “confession” that Christ is Lord of our life, that we are sinners. How do we do that/ We do it when we confess our sins to Him, but don’t really repent (or even intend to.) I suspect that is a denial of our confession.
The word confession is also used to describe our belief that He is Lord and that He is the son of God. We can “withdraw” that confession in ways, too, such as when we fail to be witnesses to His Divinity, Lordship, and when we fail to tell others who He is. We have failed at such times to live up to the confession we’ve made with our lips.
Someone once said that words are cheap. They were both right and wrong. It’s pretty cheap to say something when it won’t cost you anything, but when there is a cost involved is when we tend to fail to live up to our confession. Peter struggled with it when the cost would have been high on the night of Jesus’ betrayal. But he didn’t fail when it came time for his martyrdom.
Even if you have failed to live up to your confession many times, take courage: it wasn’t too late for Peter to finally live up to what he’d said he believed with his mouth, and it’s not too late for you or I, either. In fact, we can start this very moment.
PRAYER: May our courage and strength that comes only from Your Spirit rise within us when our confession is at stake so that we may be counted among those who have held fast to their confession! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2011 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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