JN. 18:10:11 – Simon Peter then, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s slave, and cut off his right ear; and the slave’s name was Malchus. So Jesus said to Peter, “Put the sword into the sheath; the cup which the Father has given Me, shall I not drink it?”
You would have to admit, Peter would be classified as ‘on fire’. A band of soldiers is coming to arrest Christ led by the traitor Judas, taking matters into his own hands Peter actually cuts off someone’s ear (I hardly think Peter was aiming at an ear). Jesus response, like always, goes right to the heart of the matter, Jesus says to Peter, “Put the sword into the sheath; the cup which the Father has given Me, shall I not drink it?”
Of course the cup Jesus is speaking of was the cup of redemption, Peter was making a last ditch effort to avoid the cross. There are two basic issues here that are very important and go into our everyday serving the Lord. First, like all of us do, Peter was trying to do the will of God with human effort. His heart was in the right place but confidence in our selves can never accomplish the things of the kingdom. How do these things show themselves in our modern world? Actually they are all around us. Studying marketing strategies, rather than the word of God, trying to provide ministries to accommodate every human whim rather than focusing on the Lord Himself, trying to build ministries rather than ministering to hurting people. A lot of the activity may look the same on the outside, but often our hearts become cold and calculating. At the end of the day the numbers are for our on ego rather than the glory of God.
Secondly, Peter was avoiding the cross. His eyes were still on an earthly kingdom. Remember the crowd after the miracle of the loaves and bread, they wanted to make Jesus an earthly king. Judas had fallen into the same lie, he wasn’t interested in a cross, he wanted power and influence. Today we easily slip into the same mess, we look to the size of the crowds and the income or success of our business or any earthly efforts and miss the whole point, His kingdom is not of this world. So what is the answer? Slow down, look to the Lord. Follow His lead rather than asking Him to follow ours.