Written By Benjamin Dankaka
Do you have in mind the things of God?
One day, Jesus told His disciples that He would be rejected, killed and after three days rise again. This shocked the disciples. They probably wondered why Jesus who had done great things would suddenly go through humiliation and die. Jesus had not only healed the sick but had raised the dead. Now that they were convinced He was sent from God, Jesus was now telling them He would be rejected and murdered. Peter who was the boldest among them began to rebuke his Master. But Jesus quickly reprimanded him.
This story isn’t just talking about the suffering that Jesus had to go through. Most importantly, it also gives us an insight into the nature of God’s kingdom. As Jesus rebuked Peter, he said to him, “You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.” It is important for us to realize that God often bring us glory through pain. God would not bring pain and suffering, but He often lets us go through it in order to transform us. His suffering and death was for a glorious purpose. You see, without the death, there wouldn’t have been the resurrection. Your suffering will produce success!
Prayer: Lord Jesus, turn my suffering to success. Amen.
REFERENCES/FURTHER STUDY: Mark 8:31-38
Unless otherwise stated all scripture quotations are from the Holy Bible, New International Version.