In today’s Bible reading, we see where Jesus’ disciples quickly forget very important things. He warns them to beware the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees. Then Jesus reminds His disciples about His feeding of over nine thousand people with just a few fish and a few loaves of bread. They fail to connect the dots when he warns them to beware the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees. He says, “I wasn’t talking about bread.” (Matthew 16:11)
Next, Peter identifies Jesus as God’s Messiah. (Matthew 16:16) Yet just a few verses later, Peter has forgets what the Holy Spirit had just revealed to him. Jesus rebukes him for insisting that Jesus wouldn’t have to suffer and die. (Matthew 16:22-23)
Finally today, Jesus gives His disciples a solution to forgetting. (Matthew 16:24) To follow Him, we must make a daily commitment to it. Yes, we must come to a once-for-all point of coming to Jesus and repent of our sin, but we must also commit to following Him every single day.
Just like Jesus’ disciples, we so quickly forget!
Have you come to a point where you came to a crisis of your belief and turned your life over to Him? You have to come to a point of self-denial. Jesus says this is the first step of many daily steps.
The solution to our frequent forgetfulness is to follow Jesus one step at a time.