Then they seized him [Jesus] and led him away, bringing him into the high priest's house, and Peter was following at a distance.

Luke 22:54

We find so many people today who want to follow Christ at a distance. They want a relationship, but they want it at an arm’s length. 

You know, Simon Peter fell in with a crowd like this on the night that Jesus was arrested. Look at today’s verse of Scripture. It says, “Peter was following at a distance.” He didn’t want to be identified with Christ; he was afraid to reveal his commitment.

This remains a common problem, doesn’t it? You and I can find a lot of people sitting in churches today who don’t want to make a real commitment to Christ. They shop from church to church and take a little bit here and a little bit there. But this is a formula for disaster.

If you follow Jesus at a distance, you’re setting yourself up for failure in every area of your life…in your spiritual life, in your home, and in your future.

Don’t be the kind of believer who shows up at church only when you feel like it or when it’s convenient. If you want to experience spiritual success, you need to be in close relationship with Jesus.

God calls you to draw near to him and he will draw near to you.

IF YOU WANT TO EXPERIENCE SPIRITUAL SUCCESS, YOU NEED TO BE IN CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS.