He [Jesus] then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.” ~ Mark 8:31-33
I will never forget listening to a radio interview where Dr. Chuck Swindoll was asked if he had any regrets concerning his past ministry. After the interviewer served the question there was a short pause. Those seconds seemed like hours as my mind swelled with curiosity and I awaited Chuck’s response.
Finally his words flowed across the airwaves with a gentle strength. He explained his most significant regret was that he dreamed too small. He went on to explain that if there was a way to go back in time and change his past he would have dreamed much bigger for the glory of God.
It has been said we are either pushed by our problems or led by our dreams. And yet, could it be for some of us that we are led by dreams that are too small?
Peter was a man who loved Jesus. Yet this strong fisherman was rebuked for his weak outlook. As Jesus barraged Peter with truth concerning the coming Kingdom of God, Peter confined Jesus’ teachings to a box.
I’m sure that must of have been one intense conversation. Though Peter had a great heart for Jesus his problem was that he boxed in God’s plan to his own self-centered agenda. Essentially, Peter was dreaming too small, and Jesus wanted him to see God’s grand plan in order to dream much, much bigger.
Peter is not alone. Even the brightest struggle with dreaming too small.