Your Mind â€“ Facilitator or Hindrance?
Matthew 16:22b-23 Peter said, â€śFar be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to
you.â€ť But Jesus turned and said to Peter, â€śGet behind me, Satan! You
are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God,
but on the things of man.â€ť
Harsh as it may sound, each of us is equally
as susceptible as Peter in having a saved heart but pagan mind.
In the context of this verse, what sounded
like a genuine concern and a love for Jesus from Peterâ€™s perspective was read
by Jesus through the lenses of â€śthe things of Godâ€ť. And Jesus saw Peterâ€™s
thoughts as a hindrance to the accomplishment of Godâ€™s will.
The original Greek word for the phrase
translated as â€śsetting your mindâ€ť is â€śphroneoâ€ť, which means to â€śtake
mental predispositionâ€ť. This spells out the criticality of a child of God in
having a renewed mind.
What is your â€śphroneoâ€ť (mental
disposition) when it comes to the things of God? In other words, how are you
thinking? It is when we settle the â€śhowâ€ť that the â€śwhatâ€ť comes naturally.
Is your â€śphroneoâ€ť hindering or facilitating
the advancement of His kingdom? Act swiftly to â€śtake every thought
captive to obey Christ (2
Cor 10:5)â€ť because your effectiveness in doing His will depends it!
As we embark on this journey of knowing â€śI AMâ€ť, let us prepare our heart and
minds to really know God.
There's a difference between knowing God and
knowing about God. When you truly know God, you have energy to serve Him,
boldness to share Him, and contentment in Him. J.I. Packer