After the morsel, Satan then entered in him. – John 13:27
A little bit of Jesus can be a dangerous thing. Jesus handed Judas a morsel of bread, and “Then Satan entered into Judas”. Wow. How does that happen? I don’t know, but as I think about my walk with the Lord, I wince at some of the things I’ve done with a crouton of Christ.
Peter had the same problem. His idea of standing for Christ was to chop off a guy’s ear. Maybe it was a simple misunderstanding on Peter’s part regarding Job 34:2, “Give ear to Me.”
I too, have chopped off a few ears by not guarding my passions. Discerning the appropriate occasion in which to use extreme measures, such as wielding a whip and knocking over tables, is something I need to leave to Jesus.
Yeah, Peter, Judas and I go way back. The difference is, Peter stuck around long enough to take another morsel, and another, and another. Mixed with a morsel of faith, and healthy dose of humility, Peter grew out of his quirky little ear-chopping habits and became a contributing member of society. I’m hoping the same can be said of me someday.