21 From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he had to go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders, chief priests, and legal experts, and that he had to be killed and raised on the third day. 22 Then Peter took hold of Jesus and, scolding him, began to correct him: “God forbid, Lord! This won’t happen to you.” 23 But he turned to Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan. You are a stone that could make me stumble, for you are not thinking God’s thoughts but human thoughts.” 24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “All who want to come after me must say no to themselves, take up their cross, and follow me. 25 All who want to save their lives will lose them. But all who lose their lives because of me will find them. 26 Why would people gain the whole world but lose their lives? What will people give in exchange for their lives? 27 For the Human One is about to come with the majesty of his Father with his angels. And then he will repay each one for what that person has done. 28 I assure you that some standing here won’t die before they see the Human One coming in his kingdom.” (Matthew 16:21-28, CEB)
What are you focused on?
Peter was just given the keys to the kingdom, the power to loose sin, and bind sin. He can forgive as Jesus forgives, and here he has lost his focus.
Peter knows what he and the other disciples have talked about happening, but has forgotten that the way we envision things is seldom the way it happens.
To quote a great opening to a movie, My Sister’s Keeper starts out, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans…”
God has things ready to go, and sometimes we get in the way, but God still gets the job done.
So be like Peter from last week, led by the spirit, focused on God. And try not to be like the Peter from this passage that is right after last weeks, stumbling over yourself because you think you understand what needs to happen better than God. Don’t make God laugh, make God smile, by following where God guides you. And know that while you carry your cross, God is always with you.