Pete and Graham had worked with each other for years. Pete went to church every week, a fact that Graham was unaware of.
“Hi Pete”, said Graham, “Did I see you coming out of the Christian book shop yesterday?”
“Yes, I was buying a Christening card for a friend. I’m going to the Christening this weekend.”
“Ah, that explains it,” said Graham, “I didn’t imagine that you could be a Christian, after knowing you all these years!” said Graham smiling.
“No” mumbled Pete, embarrassed.
Graham went away just hoping that he could find someone to talk to about the lump that he’d got on his stomach, and the questions that the possibility of cancer and death had raised in his mind about whether God existed.
Pete went away ashamed, but after a day or two he felt better … after all God forgives everything (doesn’t he?). Still, he found it rather hard in the singing that Sunday, “I will offer up my life ….”
Jesus sighed, “was this the sort of forgiveness that I went through it all for?”
“But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.” Matthew 10:33