S (Scripture): Mark 8:27 Jesus and his disciples went into the villages near Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?”
28 They told him, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, and still others one of the prophets.”
29 He asked them, “And what about you? Who do you say that I am?”
Peter answered, “You are the Christ.” 30 Jesus ordered them not to tell anyone about him.
31 Then Jesus began to teach his disciples: “The Human One must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and the legal experts, and be killed, and then, after three days, rise from the dead.” 32 He said this plainly. But Peter took hold of Jesus and, scolding him, began to correct him. 33 Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, then sternly corrected Peter: “Get behind me, Satan. You are not thinking God’s thoughts but human thoughts.”
Whoa! Hold up! Pump the brakes! What did you say, Jesus?!?!
You aren’t gonna die! Over my dead body…
Satan? You call me Satan? I’m just looking out for you! You are the Anointed One! The Christ! This can’t happen! I won’t let it happen!
This is how it’s gotta be.
Go. Suffer. Be Killed. Be Raised.
This is my Father’s mission for me.
Get on board or get behind me.
A (Application): At the softball field last night I witnessed some angry parents. They get so angry at each other. They almost fought.
Sometimes we make it all about us. My pride. My hope. My vision. My kid. My ego. And we just can’t let it go. We can’t give up. To give up is weakness, no? To stand strong is good, right?
Our world parades with winners and success stories. The humble and those who tend to make a positive impact (teachers, safety workers, church leaders) tend to be overlooked or dismissed. I don’t feel this way, but so often we take for granted the work of those who wish to make a positive difference in the world.
Yet the world is drawn mostly to “winners” and star athletes and pop icons. Is that the goal? Popularity? Success? Is life all about me?
Or is something greater waiting for us when we deny ourselves and follow Jesus?
P (Prayer): Lord, help me be a part of God’s mission in the world. Amen.