He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the 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 concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” — Mark 8:31-33
The Bible is clear; we are spiritual beings having a physical experience. But it's a struggle for men to remember that our physical experience is a temporary reality. The human experience bombards us, reinforcing a physical reality—and we can become consumers consumed by it.
Take Peter, for example. His mind is consumed with political concerns and national victory. Bombarded by his present physical reality, he had no presence of mind to consider a much different spiritual reality. His hope was hijacked by his mortal vision for the end rather than the Son of Man's plan for eternal and spiritual victory.
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. — Colossians 3:2
DO THIS: Today, set your mind on a single spiritual reality all day.
PRAY THIS: God, I do confess this is challenging. My mind is quickly distracted by the things of this world; news, politics, sports, challenges, people, even physical beauty. Focus my mind toward the things of you. May your spiritual reality be more real than the issue of this world.
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