Our minds are such a battlefield, aren’t they? I have encountered so many reminders of that this week. Our perspectives can be dangerous. Our thoughts, our mental wars, can hinder our ability to find peace, our ability to make sense of messes, our ability to forgive and apologize, and our ability to love.
This week I also read about Peter, a disciple of Jesus who thought he had the right perspective, but had it so wrong.
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, the chief priests and the 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 concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” | Matthew 16:21-23
When Peter pulled Christ aside and attempted to rebuke him, I bet he thought he was doing something good. Something right. Maybe he even thought he was encouraging Christ, helping him stand up to this terrible thing that was to happen.
Peter was being so very human.
He thought he was encouraging and protecting his friend, I imagine. And, Peter had given up his life to follow Jesus, so how could he suffer to the point of death without Peter’s devotion being a waste? His mind couldn’t understand. His perspective was so small.
Peter had the perspective of man. Christ saw that for what it was, a stumbling block from the enemy. The enemy tempts us and gains authority over us simply by swaying us into seeing man’s perspective rather than God’s. When we look at life through the eyes of man, rather than with a heavenly perspective, we are letting the enemy take charge. It’s that easy to see things in a light that is so very wrong.
Seeing Peter’s (bad) example points to how important it is for us to surrender our minds to the living God. When we give over our minds to Him, we will find life and peace (Romans 8:6). Today, I am asking him to help me think like him, rather than like the world.
As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. | Isaiah 55:9