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Mind Your Own Business

Matthew 16:3b
You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times.
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Matthew 16:9
Do you not yet understand, or remember the five loaves of the five thousand and how many baskets you took up?
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Matthew 16:23
But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”

OBSERVATION
Jesus has just miraculously fed the multitude (Ch15). The Pharisees/Sadducee present came asking for another sign. Jesus told them how their life's experience has allowed them to learn how to predict the weather, but they had little discernment for things in the spiritual world.

In the next encounter Jesus is trying to teach the disciples a principle from His encounter with the Pharisees, but they weren't hearing Him correctly. They were so focused on the immediate (what they we're going to eat) that they missed what He was trying to teach them (although v13 shows they eventually got it).

Lastly is the discussion about "who Jesus is" with the disciples (which could be an exercise in helping the disciples develop some spiritual discernment). Peter correctly provides the answer and Jesus helps him understand how he got there. But in the follow-up conversation, Jesus tells Peter that he is "not mindful of the things of God."

APPLICATION
Taken together, these three scenes bring to my attention the importance of developing a new (or additional) filter thought which to understand the circumstances of my life. Like the Pharisees, there are certain aspects to my life for which I've accumulated some practical knowledge. But if I only rely on my knowledge, then I'm going to miss the the other layer that is just as real - the spiritual layers. If God is working in everything, that I need to develop the ability to perceive what He's doing in the midst of everything else going on.

Other times I'm so focused on the immediate, that I can miss the moments when God is trying use the circumstances to teach me a spiritual principle. Why? Because like Peter, can often be mindful of earthly thing, and not the things of God.

I'm called to live in these dual (but integrated) world; the material and eternal, physical and spiritual. But as a "new man" I need to be able to live with a new discernment so that I don't miss what God is doing or teaching.

PRAYER
Lord, help me to be mindful of all of the layers if life. Help me to see You in all things. Help me to listen and learn.

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