Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.”  (John 21:22, NIV)

This was the third time Jesus had shown Himself to the disciples after His resurrection. Jesus and Peter had just had a very important encounter – one of the last meetings the two would have. This is the famous dialogue between Jesus and Peter where Jesus asked Peter three times if he loved Him. Jesus followed by commanding, “Feed my lambs, take care of my sheep, and feed my sheep”. Then, Jesus went on to foretell Peter’s death. As John, Peter, and Jesus were walking together, Peter asked Jesus about John and whether he would also die. Jesus reacted sharply to Peter, telling him not to worry about John’s role or his purpose in life. “What is that to you?” Jesus asked. In other words, don’t worry about John’s future; you need to worry about fulfilling your own purpose in life.

As human beings, we tend to measure our success by our accomplishments and whether we have achieved a certain place or stature in life. Even as Christians, the temptation to believe that someone is blessed if they have achieved prominence is always confronting us. In His discussion with Peter, Jesus was getting at the very heart of a person’s calling. Peter was worried about his friend, John, and whether he was going to receive the same lot in life as he was. Jesus told him it shouldn’t be his concern. He was to concern himself with only one thing: his own calling before God.

Are you tempted to compare yourself with others and with their position in life? Are you dissatisfied with where God has placed you right now? Don’t be discouraged – “be confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6, NIV)

Everybody has been placed on this earth with certain gift and talents. Success can be defined in a number of ways. We really shouldn’t concern ourselves with the accomplishments or achievements of anyone other than ourselves. Christ alone determines our success. The most important thing for us is to “Follow Him”!

Enjoy your Wednesday, “Working for Christ”!

“Working for Christ”

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9 Comments on “FOLLOW HIM!”

  1. Great Post this morning. I can rate this one up toward the top of the Coffee Cup Scale!!!! It helps with the “Keeping up with the Jones’s” and “Why did he get the promotion instead of me”. I hope all is going well my Friend. Keep us posted on the physical challenge you talked about earlier. Take Care and God Bless 🙂 Kenny T


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