Jesus words in Matt 16:23 are extremely sobering: “Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.”
I wonder how often this has been true of me. What a terrible thought to know I could be used by Satan as a stumbling block to Jesus; but I know it’s happened. It’s happened because I don’t always set my mind on the things of God. Sometimes, I’m more worried with what men think than with what God thinks. Sometimes, I’m more concerned with what I want than with what God wants.
This is humbling and frustrating because I so want to be used of God.
I’m thankful for the rest of the story because Peter went on to be used of God in mighty ways! I’m thankful because God doesn’t give up on me. I’m thankful that I can confess my sin and receive complete forgiveness. I’m glad that when I’m repentant, God restores to me the refreshing power that comes from the presence of His Spirit and allows me to be a stepping stone to Jesus.