Thursday: August 6th, 2020
Reference: Matthew 17:1-9
Matthew 17:4 Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah
As we read about the transfiguration of Jesus, the one character who is the focus of discussion today is not Jesus, who is transfigured, but Peter. We see Peter who was so in awe of what was going that he declares ‘it is good that we are here’. What follows is this ‘if you wish, I can make three tents’. However, it was clear that the real desire of Peter was to stay atop that mountain basking in the glory of that encounter, but his words made it sound as though he only wanted to do what Jesus wanted.
He attempted to wrap his own intentions in the ‘wish’ of Jesus and just like Peter, there are many times when we try to mask our very own intentions behind and within those of others. Subsequently, we have two faces depending on the outcome: whether we step forward to take responsibility if there is a success or we use a bit of legal jargon and word play to shift responsibility when things go south; after all, we did not stand at the forefront.
Beloved, responsibility is a heavy word that should not be taken lightly at all. So before we take the decision to forward a proposal or accept one, we ought to be ready to handle the responsibilities that come with them. No hiding behind or shielding.
Remember # Responsibilities should never become burdens, else they become impossible to bear.