We come to the second point of our topic from yesterday. Peter’s human thinking would have diverted the Savior from the most important moment here on earth. In the stern reply from Jesus, He speaks to another issue; where our minds are focused.
2. “For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man” (Matthew 16:23). The words in English, “setting your mind” are actually one word in Greek, and mean to “give serious consideration to something, to ponder, to let one’s mind dwell on, thinking about, or to fix one’s attention on” the things of God. When we follow this instruction, our values change from those values that people set to the values God has given us in His Word. By fixing one’s attention on the things of God, we are much less likely to allow outside influences to change our determination to do the will of God.
As Jesus closed out His comments in Luke 9:62; “Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”” Here again is a very strong statement. I well remember my father teaching me how to plow a field. If I became distracted from the fixed point at the end of the field, my furrow would look very crocked. Following Jesus requires yielding everything to Him; first and most importantly, your mind and heart. If He has those, everything else will fall into place.
Be sure that your mind is not working against the will of God. It is easy to get distracted by the world and people. The solution is to keep your eye on Christ.
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