Intimacy; have a Spirit-given breakthrough
Understand that he is the Son
Of the Living God, know
He speaks the words of eternal life.
You can see him on the mountain, transfigured.
And then… babble,
Something about building booths,
Because you don’t know what to say
But you must say something.
And so bossily,
Despite having seen him transfigured,
You decide to take charge, and take him aside and rebuke him
When he tells you that suffering was always part of the plan,
And you get called Satan,
Not long after you have been called blessed.
And then…what you can do,
Is declare you will never ever fall away from Jesus,
Even if everyone else does,
And then you do just that….deny him
And then, when Jesus gives you another chance,
You blow that too,
And instead of contemplating your fate
Which Christ has just revealed to you.
What you do is competitively obsess over John’s fate!
* * *
You can love Christ for many years,
And be 83 pounds overweight,
You eat in a sloppy, unthinking way; eliminate exercise
Deal with your feeling through food.
You can lose your temper with some regularity; take offence,
Write people off. Of course you can!
* * *
Your vessel of clay may be different,
Alcoholism perhaps; drugs; an abortion; divorce,
A sexual history so chequered you’d rather not think about it,
Or perhaps you been good for so long,
That you feel very bad and angry inside.
* * *
It’s not the vessel of clay that counts,
It is the treasure within.
Your simple love for Christ,
Your desire to follow him,
Though you, so often, forget him.
For one day, your vessel, my vessel, Peter’s vessel
Shall all be cast away on the scrap-heap of discarded things,
And what matters shall shine forth: the treasure within:
The heart he always loved; the heart that loved him back,
Though it got side-tracked–so very often.