Mark 8:31-36 (AMP)
31 And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must of necessity suffer many things and be tested and disapproved and rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be put to death, and after three days rise again [[a]from death].
32 And He said this freely (frankly, plainly, and explicitly, making it unmistakable). And Peter took Him [b]by the hand and led Him aside and then [facing Him] began to rebuke Him.
33 But turning around [His back to Peter] and seeing His disciples, He rebuked Peter, saying, Get behind Me, Satan! For you do not have a mind [c]intent on promoting what God wills, but what pleases men [you are not on God’s side, but that of men].
34 And Jesus called [to Him] the throng with His disciples and said to them, If anyone intends to come after Me, let him deny himself [forget, ignore, disown, and [d]lose sight of himself and his own interests] and take up his cross, and [[e]joining Me as a disciple and siding with My party] follow [f]with Me [continually, cleaving steadfastly to Me].
35 For whoever wants to save his [[g]higher, spiritual, eternal] life, will lose it [the [h]lower, natural, temporal life [i]which is lived only on earth]; and whoever gives up his life [which is lived only on earth] for My sake and the Gospel’s will save it [his [j]higher, spiritual life [k]in the eternal kingdom of God].
36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his life [[l]in the eternal kingdom of God]?
Peter rebuked God and God still used Peter. Peter did this out of fear. If there was hope for Peter, there is hope for us. God knew it was Satan working through Peter’s fear rather than Peter himself talking.
We all have a cross to carry with us. It doesn’t mean that we cannot have the life we want but God will give us that life when He thinks we are ready for it. He wants to give it to us when we will not gloat over what great accomplishments we have made but give us things in a timing that will allow us to be thankful and happy for what God has done in our lives. He wants our accomplishments to be God accomplishments, not self-accomplishments – then it is apparent it is He who has blessed us greatly.
We have to be happy where we are and not choose to be happy when we accomplish greater things in life. If we wait to be happy, we may never reach happiness. Don’t let the things steal your joy. Your joy comes from the inside rather than the outside. We cannot take things with us when we leave this earth so it is important we learn to be happy with what we have. Contentment with life doesn’t just fall upon us, it is something we need to learn.
1 Timothy 6:6-7 (AMP)
6 [And it is, indeed, a source of immense profit, for] godliness accompanied with contentment (that contentment which is a sense of [a]inward sufficiency) is great and abundant gain.
7 For we brought nothing into the world, and obviously we cannot take anything out of the world;