Jesus asked one man, a hard working perhaps hard swearing fisherman, to give up his life for one that Jesus himself would create in him. Jesus said to Peter, "I will make you." Stop right there. Who is doing the making? Jesus. We are not the crafters of our lives. Instead we trust Jesus to do that.
Jesus asked Peter to identify who he thought Jesus was. This is the question of all questions for you and me. "Who do you say that I am." Peter got it right. He said, "You are the Christ the son of the living God." (Matthew 16:16) Way to go Peter. Of course, just a few verses later Peter got a big rebuke. Jesus told him he was speaking the devil's message when Peter told Jesus that sacrifice would not be welcomed. Peter wanted a living Jesus. So do we. But a living God who dies seems contradictory.
Peter is so like us. One moment we say "Jesus, your in charge" and the next we say "Jesus, this is not what I signed up for." We want his life. But then we don't like it when something in us has to change. You cannot have your way and Jesus way at the same time. This week we all have looked to something other than Jesus for our well being. We want our work to satisfy. We want no surprises. We want safety or security in something other than Jesus.
Every time you and I trust external things for our sense of security we are trusting in ourselves. Are you willing to give all of your life over to him and let the consequences fall where they will? Too often we think it is about what we are to give up to follow Jesus. We don’t give up anything. Do we really give up anything in comparison to what he has done?
He said follow me. Let me lead. I will show you about real life. Life so dramatically fresh that you would die for it! Today, right now, Jesus is calling you and me to turn away from finding our security, our identity and approval from anything other than himself. He calls you today to let him make you. For you cannot make yourself into a follower is Jesus. All you can do is say "Yes, Jesus." Then let him do his work. The Apostle Paul said it well: