Today’s passage is one of the more direct and honest exchanges that Jesus had with his disciples.
Make a move (or not). It will affect the world.
What’s fascinating about Washington, DC is that its day-to-day happenings can easily have a force multiplier effect that reaches the far ends of the world (and beyond). It is no surprise that, whether intended or not, folks from all over the US and the world converge in DC to use their positions, platforms, and connections to make a meaningful difference. The examples don’t have to be grand. Think of the things that happen and don’t happen when your next work trip gets cancelled. You probably won’t have that conversation with a fellow passenger or client, not get that middle seat in the airplane, not listen to your cab driver’s happenings at home. Given our authority in various capacities and the daily choices we make, what then is our role and responsibility as Christians?
Jesus. Who’s that?
In verse 29, Jesus asks the disciples, "who do you say that I am?” It is a question that we should ask ourselves all the time when we wake up, when we decide on a job offer, and before we interpret a gray situation. However, immediately before that, Jesus asks, “who do people say that I am?” Given your answer of the place God has in your life, how does this impact your day-to-day life? Consider what would have happened if Peter had gotten his way, and Jesus hadn’t gone to the cross.
Where faith fills the gap of understanding.
Based on where you place Jesus in your life, what does that mean in situations where you have influence or make final decisions? Moreover, what is your posture about the things in life you cannot control? This is something I personally face each day, as I continue asking God for wisdom. I may never get the answers, if at all, that are satisfactory. This is where the response of Jesus to Peter hits me in the face in verse 33: “…for you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.” That’s where my faith kicks in.
I invite you throughout the remainder of this Lenten season to examine your posture in your decisions and current circumstances in life. As Jesus said in verse 34, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me." Consider who God is in your life when you have to make your next decision in and around DC. Trust that, by God’s grace, your decisions can somehow make a difference around you and beyond.
Josh Rombot was born in Washington, D.C., raised in the Virginia suburbs, and now lives in Mount Pleasant. Having a career in professional services across industries and mission spaces, he is passionate about the customer experience, especially in the hospitality industry.