Mark 8:34 Calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am.” (The Message Bible)
Jesus has just had a confrontation with Peter which ended with Jesus telling him, “Get behind me, Satan!” Pretty powerful stuff. It is hard for us to wrap our minds around Jesus’ talking about “anyone who intends to come with me.” Or is it? Have you ever had to relocate for a job? I have. It becomes a far-reaching commitment. Your life is no longer what it was. A new house. New grocery stores. Perhaps new schools and new friends and new colleagues. It is indeed the decision that drives the rest of life. We may do this for our careers and incomes. Would we consider doing something similar for Jesus? That is what he was asking of those who “intend to come with me.” These were not words for the select twelve disciples alone. He had called the “crowd” to hear this. Lent is a time to realize how little we let Jesus lead us and turn to follow. How are you letting him in the “driver’s seat?