Think rightly

I was reading this morning the story of when Jesus had to rebuke Peter and an interesting word grabbed my attention. You will find the story in the 16th chapter of Matthew. Jesus was explaining to the disciples that he must go to Jerusalem, suffer, be killed, and rise the third day. I think Peter probably never got past the part of suffer and be killed because he got hold of Jesus and basicly said, “This ain’t happening to you!” Jesus replied, “Get thee behind me, Satan: thou a

rt an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.” (KJV)
It’s the old word “savourest” that arrested my inquiry.
In the greek it is (phroneo) meaning “to have a mind” or “to be mindful”. That helps me better understand what Jesus was saying. Peter was being rebuked because he didn’t have a “mind” for the things of God. At that moment Peters “mind” was devilish, “get thee behind me Satan”. It was Devilish because he was about to interfere with the plans of God, i.e. the death burial and resurrection of Jesus.

Paul used the same word (phroneo) when writing to the Christians in Colosse and in Rome.

“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection (phroneo) on things above, not on things on the earth.” (Col. 3:1,2)

“For to be carnally minded (phroneo) is death; but to be spiritually minded (phroneo) is life and peace. Because the carnal mind (phroneo) is enmity against God… (Rom 8:6,7a)

How important it is to be “mindful” of the things of God! A.W. Tozer said this, “To think God’s thoughts requires much prayer. If you do not pray much, you are not thinking God’s thoughts. If you do not read your Bible much and often and reverently, you are not thinking God’s thoughts…” I agree. Prayer and Bible, Bible and prayer…a must! I don’t know about you, but I want the “life and peace” Paul spoke of. I don’t want my mind to be at enmity with God. May God help us and stir us to keep our minds on things above in this mindless age in which we are living. Thinking doesn’t seem to be high on people’s to-do list.
I hope you can find some solitude (key to thinking) today and ponder some Biblical truth. I heard a man say one time that “a man can think no higher thoughts, than when he thinks on God”. I concur.

“Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.” –Augustine