From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.
Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, "Never Lord!" he said. "This shall never happen to you!"
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." (Matthew 16:21-23)
I don't know about you, but it is easy for me at times to get ahead of myself. To move and act and live life before I have really reflected and thought and prayed about the life I most want to live. And it is also easy, in this life of faith, to get ahead of God at times as well. It is easy for us to charge ahead with our plans and schemes and agendas--for the kingdom, mind you--without really listening and seeking and getting direction from God. Glad to see that I am not alone. Peter had the same problem. So much so that when Jesus told him what was to come, he adamantly disagreed with him--even rebuked him--because those plans did not agree with his own. That's where the "Get behind me, Satan!" part comes in. Peter had charged ahead when the place he needed to be was firmly behind; behind Jesus. And Jesus reminded him of that, quite boldly I might add. It is so easy to charge ahead sometimes; to follow our own plans for how we think things should work and should go and should be. There is a great danger for us when that happens. For when we charge ahead actually become a stumbling block to him, rather than a follower. For ours is not to charge ahead, ours is always to follow closely behind. What will that look like for us today?