Think Before You Speak

John Koedyker

Read: Mark 8:31-33

You are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man. (v. 33)

Lots of things come out of our mouths. It is estimated that the average person says about 16,000 words a day! That is a lot of talking! What strikes me is that so often we don’t think about what we say. So often we just blurt out words. Sometimes we wish we could have those words back as illustrated by the children’s sermon about trying to put the toothpaste back into the tube.

Peter is a prime example of speaking without thinking. In typical Peter fashion, he blurted out words that went totally against Jesus’ mission. Peter just didn’t understand. So, on the heels of commending Peter for his good confession that he was the Christ, Jesus had to explain what it meant for him to be the Christ. Jesus then spoke “plainly” (v. 32) about how he would have to “suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again” (v. 31).

Rather than listening and learning from the Lord, Peter rebuked him. In Matthew’s account of this incident, Peter exclaims, “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you” (Matt. 16:22). But he was wrong. That is the difference between the things of God and the things of men. Our thoughts are not always God’s thoughts (Isa. 55:8).

—John Koedyker

Prayer: Lord, help us to have in mind the things of God when we speak. Amen.