“But when he had turned about and looked on his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men.”
In the final days before Jesus’ death, He began to teach the disciples what would happen to Him so they would be prepared. As He taught the disciples, Peter stopped Jesus and rebuked Him by telling Him that this would never happen. It was at these words that Jesus turned and rebuked Peter by saying, “Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men.”
When Jesus said to Peter, “…thou savourest not the things that be of God…,” He was saying that Peter had bad taste. The word “savourest” is the same word we use for tasting something. Jesus told Peter that he had more of a taste for the world than he did the things of God. Peter was more earthly minded than he was spiritually minded. His taste was bad because his focus was more on an earthly mindset than it was on a spiritual mindset.
There are many believers who have bad taste, and their taste for the things of the world causes them to think in a worldly frame of mind more than they think through the mind of Christ. Sadly, more people are more concerned with their taste of decor or clothing than they are about their taste for the things of God. There is nothing wrong with having a good taste in decor or clothing styles, but if your biggest concern is with the taste of worldly affairs, you have bad taste. The things of this world will quickly pass away, but the things of God will last for eternity. It is better that you get a taste for the things of God than you do for the things of this world.
My friend, you must not be like Peter in his worldly mindset that was more concerned with what happens in this world than you do with the things of Christ. The reason Jesus talked to Peter about being “converted” was because he had a worldly taste. You will never be what the LORD needs you to be until you develop a taste for the things of the LORD.
Let me ask you, do you have poor taste for the things of the LORD? Does your taste clash with God? Is your life a spiritual mismatch? Just like someone who has poor taste in clothing styles doesn’t know how to match styles or colors, so the believer who has poor spiritual taste doesn’t know how to match with God. For instance, you have poor taste when you are more concerned with the result of a sporting event than you are with the souls of mankind. You have poor taste when you are more concerned with what the world thinks of your church more than you are concerned with doing things according to the Scriptures. You have poor taste when most of your friends are more worldly than holy. You have poor taste when your choices are based on the immediate outcome than the eternal outcome.
The only way you are going to change your taste is by purging yourself from sin by getting the mind of Christ. You will never have the mind of Christ and develop a spiritual taste for the things of God by eating from the world’s trough. Let me encourage you to get your mind off the things of this world and develop a spiritual taste by spending time in the Word of God and prayer. You will develop a spiritual taste for the things of God when His Word cleanses you from the tastes of this world.