Peter; the one who was there..
One of my favorite Bible characters has always been Peter. He is real. He is always chastised for denying Jesus in the courtyard yet as I always say; he was the only disciple or Apostle who was even there.
“You” means you!
In Luke 22:31, Jesus tells Peter that “Satan has desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat”. There is a little-known nugget of truth related to Peter that can be found here. In the Greek manuscripts of this verse, the word “you” is plural. While Jesus was speaking directly to Peter, He was referencing all of the Apostles and I think it is very reasonable to say that by extension, He was also referencing you and I (see Mt. 28:18-20).
satan wants YOU!
It is my view that satan receives far too much credit. Still, the verse above is yet another proof text serving as evidence that you have a very real enemy of your soul. While some have clearly entertained angels unawares, most are completely oblivious to the reality that satan desires to sift them as wheat and that just as they may have entertained angels unaware, most have also entertained demons (satan’s angels) unawares!
Remember that not-so-good thought you had about so’n so? Remember when you ___________ (something that you know God would not have approved of). During those times you may very well have been influenced by your adversary, satan or one of his minions just as Peter was in Mt. 16:22. In this instance Peter even thought he was saying the right thing. But He clearly wasn’t as demonstrated by the Messiah’s reply in the following verse.
16:22 Then Peter took Him, and began to rebuke Him, saying, Be it far from You, Lord: this shall not be unto You.
23 But He turned, and said unto Peter, Get you behind Me, satan: you are an offence unto Me: for you savour not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.
To me, the picture above is somewhat daunting; empty boats on calm water. Boats that are waiting to be productive. I think this scene above would have been very familiar to Apostle Peter as he walked to the shore line early in the mornings. Likewise, I think this is one way that God sees us; empty vessels waiting to be productive. Vessels that could be utilized for good.
Have you ever watched anyone learn how to row a simple row-boat with oars or paddles? Often they look like a top spinning in circles or the hem of a garment ziging and zaging back and forth. But with some training and experience, after a while it is smooth sailing.
Set the sails and let’s go!
Greater is the one in you than the one who is in the world. Sure rough waters will come, but, with experience, the seasoned helmsmen sails through.
So it is with the things of God. He has given you the boat (vessel) and all you need to be productive and victorious; maybe you just need to learn how to use it and gain some experience. Ships ahoy!
Seek you first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness;
and all these things shall be added unto you.