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“Peter followed Him at a distance.”

Do we fully understand the oneness we have with Jesus? Jesus tells us that if we love Him and keep His word that, We, Father God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, will come to us and make Their abode with us (John 14:23).

Can we fully comprehend that we are the temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:16)? There is no separation; we are one with Him.

The words struck me about Peter in Mark 14:54, “Peter had followed Him (Jesus) at a distance.” This verse comes right after Jesus was betrayed into the hands of His enemies, the Sanhedrin.

We read a few verses earlier that when they seized Jesus, the disciples who were with Him in the Garden of Gethsemane, Peter, James, and John “all left Him and fled” (Mark 14:50).

This encounter was right on the heels of Peter sleeping when Jesus had asked him three times to keep watch and pray. This event was immediately following Jesus, telling Peter that he would deny Him three times that very evening.

This series of events in the life of Peter is full of so many profound lessons, but my focus is on the words, “Peter followed Him at a distance.”

I have written about this recently, but we can be in a relationship with someone and still be distant from them. Connection requires intentionality. Our intimacy with others requires a deliberate and purposeful effort. We can be in contact with someone and remain hidden and unseen unless we intentionally put forth the effort.

The same is true for our relationship with Jesus. The Trinity dwells within us, but that does not mean we automatically walk in intimacy with God. Our relationship with Jesus requires intentional effort.

We must not be asleep, flee, or follow Him at a distance.

We are to walk in ONENESS with Him continually. We do not reach a plateau, but we continuously pursue Him. We walk with Him knowing our road (obeying His Word) and knowing our goal (to glorify God and to enjoy Him for all eternity).

Don’t follow Him at a distance. Recognize and pursue the oneness you have with Him. You will love what you discover. He never disappoints.

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