Read Matthew 17:1-9. Have you ever wondered if the disciple Peter was a Salvationist? He was an activist! He always wanted to do something, to say something, to act on what Jesus was teaching him!
Peter has just experienced the most spiritual mountaintop experience he has had in his life. His teacher, Jesus, whom he has recently declared is the Messiah, the Son of the Living God, has just proved it to him by being transformed so that his face shone like the sun and his clothes were as white as light.
And what’s his response? I must do something! I know, Jesus, shall I build these three shelters as a memorial? Poor Peter had missed the point, as we so often do. He had the right idea about Jesus, but his timing was off. There is a time to act. But there is also a time to simply worship and adore.
The heart of worship is surrender. Arch-activist, General William Booth had it right when he said, “The greatness of a man’s power is the measure of his surrender”.
Peter wanted to please Jesus. He wanted to do something to win his approval. But so often, the Bible teaches us that rather than trying, rather than acting, rather than doing, what Jesus wants us to do is to submit, to obey, to surrender. To stop doing and be what he wants us to be.
Let’s be ready to say “Yes, Lord” to whatever Jesus asks of us today: whether it’s being still, worshipping and learning from him, or whether it’s a specific action.
THINK IT OVER
Think about the following:
• What might you need to stop doing today in order to be with Jesus?