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

Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. Colossians 3:2

There is no doubt in my mind that we are spiritual beings having a physical experience. At the very least, it is a struggle to keep in mind that the physical reality we live in is not the only or even lasting reality. The things that bombard us daily typically present themselves as physical experiences. Take Peter for example. He has on his mind the current political and national landscape. Consumed with earthly concerns, he had no presence of mind to consider what was taking place spiritually. 

Be men who are focused on the concerns of God. Because we live in a world that is focused on the flesh, this is a moment by moment battle. Does this mean we abandon the physical experience of life altogether? If that were the case, we would have seen Jesus act this way. Instead, Jesus lived a physical presence and concerned Himself with the things of God. As you walk this earth, by all means, enjoy and live a physical life. Keep in mind the things above and do not have "merely human concerns." Pay attention to and train your mind on the right concerns. 

DO THIS TODAY: Keep in mind the concerns of God.  


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