Don’t Play Safe
My ultimate role model when it comes to manhood is Jesus. During one of the conversations he had with Peter, Jesus showed us what real manhood was. He started telling Peter about the risk He is going to take and that playing it safe won’t get Him anywhere.
31 Then Jesus began to tell them that the Son of Man[a] must suffer many terrible things and be rejected by the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, but three days later he would rise from the dead. 32 As he talked about this openly with his disciples, Peter took him aside and began to reprimand him for saying such things.[b]
33 Jesus turned around and looked at his disciples, then reprimanded Peter. “Get away from me, Satan!” he said. “You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.”
34 Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me. 35 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it.
Peter was telling Jesus that He deserves pleasure, power and protection not death. Jesus looked Peter in the eye and said, Get behind me Satan. Strong words. Jesus was telling Peter – the risk I am about to take requires me to die. You speak of comfort and pleasure but to accomplish the will of the Father I can’t play safe. I have to give up my life.
I think men, we can learn something crucial here that would define our manhood. God did not create us to be consumers, He created men to be producers and sometimes or may I say most of the time – it is not pleasurable. It is sacrificial. It requires giving up your life.