“And when He had spoken this, He saith unto him, Follow Me.” Three years before, Jesus had said — “Follow Me,” and Peter had followed easily, the fascination of Jesus was upon him, he did not need the Holy Spirit to help him to do it. Then he came to the place where he denied Jesus, and his heart broke. Then he received the Holy Spirit, and now Jesus says again — “Follow Me.” There is no figure in front now saving the Lord Jesus Christ. The first “Follow Me” had nothing mystical in it, it was an external following; now it is a following in internal martyrdom (cf. John 21:18).
Between these times Peter had denied Jesus with oaths and curses, he had come to the end of himself and all his self-sufficiency; there was not one strand of himself he would ever rely upon again, and in his destitution he was in a fit condition to receive an impartation from the risen Lord. “He breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost.” No matter what changes God has wrought in you, never rely upon them, build only on a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ, and on the Spirit He gives.
All our vows and resolutions end in denial because we have no power to carry them out. When we have come to the end of ourselves, not in imagination but really, we are able to receive the Holy Spirit. “Receive ye the Holy Ghost” — the idea is that of invasion. There is only one lodestar in the life now, the Lord Jesus Christ.
01 月 04 日 我為什麼現在不能跟你去? 彼得說:主啊,我為什麼現在不能跟你去?(約十三 37)
你有時真不明白,為什麼不可一照心裡所希望的去做。當神給你一張空白的紙,不要擅自塗上什麼。只 要等候。這白紙可能是要教你明白成聖的意義;也可能是要你體會成聖之後事奉的意義。切勿走在神的 引導之前。若有絲毫的疑慮,就不是他的帶領了。什麼時候有疑惑,就不要動!
起初,你會很清楚看見神的旨意——與某某朋友斷交,與某某人斷絕商業上的關係。你這樣做,很清楚是 神的旨意;但是,千萬不要單憑那種感覺而貿然行事。否則,所造成的許多錯誤,可能要費多年的時間 才能矯正。只要等候,神會完成他的工作,這不會使我們傷心或失望。既然是神的旨意,就等神去動工 吧!
彼得並沒有等候神,他只憑己意揣測試煉會什麼時候來,誰知試煉就在他意想不到的時候臨到。(我願意 為你捨命。)彼得的宣告雖是誠實,卻試無知的。(耶穌說……雞叫以先,你要三次不認我。)耶穌說這話, 表明他認識彼得,比彼得認識自己更深。彼得沒有跟耶穌去,因為他不認識自己,也不知道自己的有限。 認得熱誠固然可以引導我們就近耶穌,使我們感受他的奇妙,可是卻永不能叫我們成為門徒。人天然的 熱誠總會有一日否認主,不是此時,就是那時。