Mark 8:31-33 (ESV)
31 And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 And he said this plainly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33 But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”
Peter was not focused on the things of God. Even being in the presence of Jesus and walking life with him for several years, Peter was focused on his perception of the situation and what he felt about it. Peter could not wrap his mind around the fact that Jesus would have to be rejected, suffer and be killed. It was frightening to Peter and not the way Peter thought things should happen.
It is truly a challenge for us to set our minds on the things of God because we are so distracted by things around us and are more interested in setting our minds on what we want rather than what God might want for us. Think about what your thoughts have been in the last week, the last day or even the last few hours. Have they been about the things of God or the things of the world?
The things of God are so contrary to the things of the world. In order for us to be focused on the things of God we must spend time with Him in prayer and in His Word. Do you have time to spend in prayer and in the Word regularly? If this is something that you struggle with, spend time with the Lord and ask Him to show you what changes you need to make.
Lord help us to be focused on You and the things of Your kingdom. Show us areas of our life where we are making decisions based on what we want and not what You want for us. Draw us close to You so we can set our mind on You and Your kingdom.