Jesus’ rebuke of Peter holds a lesson for all of us. Even those of us who have been seeking to lead like Jesus for a long time can get caught up in self-centered ways of living and leading. We may find ourselves listening to see if our contributions have been recognized or start pushing our own agenda instead of God’s. We may compare the quality of our work to that of others instead of working for our audience of One. We may find ourselves reading Scripture in a perfunctory way or reciting prayers instead of communicating with God. God corrects us to realign us with His plan and to shape us for His purposes. Are you listening?
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 16:23
Prayer: Spirit, soften my heart, transform my understanding, and realign me with Your plan for Your purposes. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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