Tuesday, December 24

“You must follow me!”

Scripture: John 19-21

John 21:21–22  When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?” 22 Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.”

Observation

After Jesus reinstated Peter (three times, “Do you love me?”), and then predicts how Peter will die, Peter sees John nearby and asks Jesus, “What about him?”  Presumably, the question is how will John die.  Jesus responds by turning Peter’s attention back to his own assignment.  “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you.  You must follow me.”  This statement was misunderstood by some to mean that John wouldn’t die but would remain alive until Jesus’ return (don’t miss the clear statement that Jesus will return!).  But Jesus was simply redirecting Peter’s attention, away from “What about him?” back to “You must follow me.”  

Application

Comparison can be deadly and distracting.  We compare ourselves with others, favorably or unfavorably.  We wonder, “What about him/her?”  We think that we’re getting a raw deal and someone else has it easy.  Or we look at others feel smug and self-righteous.  It’s all a distraction from what matters.

“You must follow me.”  

My focus should be on this one thing: Jesus has called me to follow Him.  Want to worry about something?  Worry about that!  Not what someone else is or isn’t doing.  Not on their calling or prospects or future.  No more, “What about him?”  Instead, just focus on this:

“You must follow me.” 

Prayer: Lord, I’ve been guilty of comparison, and it’s never worked out well.  Help me instead to simply follow You!