Words I Don’t Want to Hear Jesus Say…

But when He had turned around and looked at His disciples, He rebuked Peter, saying, “Get behind Me, Satan!  For you are not mindful (setting your mind on) the things of God, but the things of men.”

So many things to look at in this one verse!

Many people are quick to quote the first part of Christ rebuttal, “Get behind Me, Satan!”

But today I want to look at this verse as it applies to our personal relationship with Jesus.

As we go through our life, our goal, our greatest desire, should always be to maintain the intimate posture of face-to-face conversation, and constant communion and fellowship with Christ, that Peter knew.

So, when we see this rare instance of that relationship being interrupted, I think it’s very important for us to look at what caused this brief breach, and how we can avoid the same rebuttal.

First, let’s look at the statement Jesus made:  “Get behind Me, Satan!  For you are not mindful (setting your mind on) the things of God, but the things of men.”

Now, let’s take this apart, and see what Jesus was saying.  There are two points that I want to look at.

Jesus first tells Peter to “get behind Me”, and He addresses the enemy who is at work to break the fellowship between Christ and Peter, Satan.

Jesus is saying to Peter, “Get out of my way.”  “I’m ceasing this conversation with you.”

Why did He say that?  What was it that interrupted their conversation, their relationship?

Jesus goes on to explain….

For you are not mindful (setting your mind on) the things of God, but the things of men.” ~NKJV

For you do not have a mind intent on promoting what God wills, but what pleases men.” ~AMP

You don’t care about the same things God does.  You care only about things that people think are important. ~ ERV (Easy to Read Version)

Maintaining our relationship of intimate fellowship with Christ hinges on this simple, yet complex concept:

We must deliberately and intentionally “set our minds” on the things of God with an eternal perspective, and not allow ourselves to hinder God’s will by being easily distracted by the “trappings” of this world.

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