Today’s Thoughts – Are you being Satan?
By Pastor Lee Hemen
May 14, 2010
Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him. He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.” (Mark 8:30-33)
How can we become “Satan” in our relationship with Jesus? Here we find Peter becoming just that. We may have to remind ourselves of whom Satan is and what he likes to do. Scripture reminds us that he is a powerful created angel who wanted to be like God, was full of pride, took a whole lot of other angels with him in his pride, and fell from God’s favor because of it. He now is mankind’s accuser before the throne of God, he is deceptive, and a liar.
Peter took on some of Satan’s role with Jesus when he tried to dissuade Jesus from his true task in life. We do the very same thing when we try to persuade Jesus in another direction for our own lives. Now I know you are already trying to make excuses as to why you do not do that and how you could never be like Satan, but oh yes we do.
We do it when we know we should be tithing, but we give all kinds of excuses as to why we do not tithe. We do it when we know we should witness, especially after Jesus has laid someone on our heart and mind, and yet we find anything else to do rather than witness to the person the Holy Spirit has brought to mind. We do it when we know we should have a time alone with God in prayer, but we allow so many other things to steal away our time alone with God. We do it when God has asked us to trust him with the here and now and yet we find so many reasons to go ahead of him and try to make our plan into his plan.
You see Jesus called Peter “Satan,” because Peter presumed to know what was best for Jesus and thereby for him as well. Peter was being selfish. He wanted Jesus to live and not to do the very thing he came to earth to do – die on a cross for our sins! We are just as satanically selfish when we try to convince Jesus we know so much better than he does about our lives in him.
Now, let’s get real here for a moment and ask ourselves, Dear child of the Lord, “Are you being Satan?” Oh I pray not.
Pastor Lee Hemen has been the outspoken pastor of the same church for 25 years in Vancouver, WA. He writes regularly on spirituality and conservative causes and maintains several web blogs. This article is copyrighted © 2010 by Lee Hemen and is the sole property of Lee Hemen, and may not be used unless you quote the entire article and have my permission. You now have my permission…