“… you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.’” Mark 8:22-33
In business, every new venture has it’s rough period. For all the great ideas and carefully constructed strategic planning, there are variables that are either miscalculated or unidentified at the time of launch and things ultimately get worse before they get better. To be successful, one must be able to manage these variables and adapt to unexpected changes. However, once you are able to get through the rough periods (@ 5years) and become more experienced in your field, you will begin to see your strategic plan begin to live up to that great idea.
Jesus’ ministry was part of God’s greater plan for his kingdom. When Jesus began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, ten -to-one, Peter, partly out of ignorance and partly out of compassion, probably never heard the good news “and after three days rise again.” His mind was set on the physical and not on the spiritual; on the plan and not the future hope. Jesus recognizes the variable of ignorance (Peter’s inability to see the full picture) and immediately manages the enemies attempt to use Peter. Like Peter, we may not always be able to see the full picture, yet know that our striving everyday has already been taken into consideration by God. If we set our mind on the divine through Christ, God’s greater plan will also be revealed in us.