Last week Jesus calls Peter “the Rock”. He lifts him up, promises him the “keys to the kingdom”, says, “upon this rock I’ll build my church.” Jesus has Peter feeling pretty good, I imagine. This week (only 8 verses later) he calls him Satan. What happened?
How are you, how are we, giving ourselves away for this world? In a world and a culture that says, “No, protect yourself and your dear ones! Don’t give yourself away! That’s stupid.” But Christ bids we come. We give ourselves up. And as D.Bonhoeffer wrote, “When Christ bids we come, he bids we come and die.”
It is that cross that says we belong to Christ -- it’s a branding -- Christ who we boldly confess as Messiah, along with Peter.
Then I would encourage you to welcome this message as a wake-up call. Sometimes we sleep through our calls from God. Let this be a wake-up, “Hey, where is God calling you to give yourself away in what you do, in where you are, in who you are?”