Summary: Anyone with good sense knows that they ought to look for the bottom line in the decisions they make. Jesus was profoundly committed to the bottom line ― for himself, and for us. For most of us, the problem is that we don’t necessarily recognize the bottom line when we see it.
Summary: Although we are often confused about what we think is necessary for us to live a good life, Jesus is quite clear. To live life abundantly, he calls us to give up the attachments that we think are essential and take up the truly necessary challenge of following him through suffering to eternal life.
Our passage is about a time when Jesus showed Peter a “course correction” he needed to make. Had he not made that correction, Peter would have continued “setting his mind not on divine things but on human things.” The good news for us is that Jesus is patient and willing to help us make course corrections as we follow him.