Just hours before Jesus’ arrest, He spends time with the disciples seeking to prepare them for what was ahead in Jerusalem and a place called Golgotha. He warns them that “You will all fall away, for it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd and the sheep will be scattered’” (Mark 14:27). Little did these physically strong men understand the horrific events that were about to take place and their own weakness in the hour of trial.
Whether it was out of love for his Lord or the remaining boastfulness in Peter, he responds to Jesus’ warning with, “Even though they all fall away, I will not” (14:29). Such self-confidence proved incapable to stand in the face of this kind of trial. Jesus further warned Peter of where this attitude would lead – public denial! While we often focus on the personal failure of Peter, we must not forget the effect this denial had on the “servant girl…and…bystanders” who said of Peter, “This man is one of them” (14:66-71).
How watchful we must be of the attitudes of our hearts. It goes against every natural and cultural bent to admit that we are weak and publicly exhibit a spirit of dependence. Effective leaders must show humility, dependence and admission of weakness. This was the hallmark of Paul’s life (See 2 Corinthians 12:7-10) – “For the sake of Christ then, I am content with weaknesses” (12:10).
Are you afraid to admit weaknesses in yourself because of what others may think? Your ability to be an effective leader will be determined by how concerned you are about what God thinks about yourself rather than what men think and say. (See John 5:44).
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