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.” (Matthew 16:22-23).
The disciples were known to argue among themselves as to who was greatest disciple. James and John had their mother petition Jesus to allow them to sit at his right and left hand in heaven. In all this jockeying for position, Peter must have felt quite puffed up, when Jesus told him that he was blessed and that he is the rock upon which He would build His church. Peter must have felt very important when Jesus said that whatever Peter bound on earth would be bound in heaven and that whatever he loosed on earth would be loosed in heaven. But when Jesus began talking about being tortured and killed, Peter thought he knew better than Jesus. So Peter took Jesus aside to tell him what he thought.
It is dangerous when we begin to think of ourselves more than we ought. We have the mind of Christ, the Bible says. If we believe we shall receive what we ask in prayer, Jesus said. There is so much authority promised to us as disciples of Christ. But we must never forget Who it is we serve. “You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.” Jesus’ words must have stung: “Get behind me Satan! You are a stumbling block to me.” When we serve in the Lord’s kingdom we must always humble our hearts and return to yielding to the Lord. “Is this Your will?” “As You wish.” That question and response should always be our heart-attitude. As a servant of the Lord, no matter how much authority God chooses to give us, our heart should always be bowed before Him in worship and surrender.
Lord, transform my mind to be filled with thoughts that are in alignment with Your thoughts. Make me into a humble servant who is always yielded to You in worship. Remove from me human worldly attitudes and ideas. Increase my faith and give me Your perspective that I may understand and follow Your will. Praise You, heavenly Father for giving me the chance to serve You.