When a person undertaking a specific  job begins to fumble and appears unsure of what they are doing, any observer, particularly their employer, would want to ask the question ‘do you know what you’re doing?’ Whoever poses this question has at least at back of their minds a niggling concern ‘please let them know what they are doing’. And their reasoning is simply because it will be a hustle to find another hand.

Jesus’ words in Matthew’s Gospel read today presents a very stern rebuke. It is one that asks all of us who appear to have jumped ahead of God one question “do you know what you’re doing?”

The message rendition of the text makes for a rather interesting read:

"Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how' (Matthew 16:24)

You could refuse to let go if you know what you’re doing but that letting go of the steering wheel and jumping into the passenger seat is a non- negotiable condition if you choose to follow Jesus. You have to let Him lead because you’re not in the driver’s seat.


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