I am writing the book of Matthew in my New Testament writing and I am in chapter 16. I just got down to this Scripture a few minutes ago and although I have read this many times…In writing it, I was taken aback like never before!!
Matthew 16:21-23 From that time on Jesus began to explain to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that He must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him. “Never, Lord!” he said, “This shall never happen to You!” Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me, you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.”
I think Peter meant well but maybe was filled with false courage and maybe a bit of pride. It made me think: How many times in my Christian walk…Have I done something or said something that would have been worthy of Jesus saying that to me! I think without a doubt there was…more than once! It made me think how much we need to be aware of what we are doing at all times and the reasons we are doing it. How many put playing ball and other activities before Bible classes or the worship assembly, because they don’t want to let their team or others down? There are many things we can do that look like we may be doing a good thing and really mean it that way…when actually “we have in mind the things of men”, (or individuals) like Jesus said of Peter. Something to think about!