“From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.” But he turned and said to Peter, “Get 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.” Matthew 16:21–23 (ESV)
This is all it takes – indeed it is the essence of what it means – to be God’s adversary: To be more concerned about ANYTHING than we are about God’s plan and purposes in this world.
This then bids us ask ourselves – Do we know what God’s agenda is? And secondly, are we about it?
One way to check ourselves, is to examine our prayer lives. Do they revolve around God helping us fulfill our agendas – or helping us fulfill His?
Remember too, this was Peter Jesus spoke to this way. Oh how He still loves, even when we prove to be His very adversaries for a time. What a God is this!