June 2 – Follow Me
Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 2:8-3:21 / John 21:1-25 / Psalm 69:1-12
At times we seem to be preoccupied with others and lose sight of ourselves. Peter was questioned by Jesus three times, “Simon son of John, do you love me” (Jn. 21:17) Peter was a bit taken back by the questioning and hurt that Christ would ask him the same question numerous times.
Didn’t Jesus believe Peter’s answer? Was Peter’s answer insincere? Jesus was not doubting Peter’s love but giving him a great mandate to lead and care for God’s flock. Peter received a challenging call yet it gave him great purpose and identity. What rocked Peter’s world was when Jesus enlightened Peter to the failing strength and mobility he would encounter in his aging years.
Peter would not only grow frail and dependent upon others, he would die in weakness, not in strength. Those are words no person wants to hear or experience. We want to feed, dress and take care of ourselves. We want to be able to function at a high level and have all of our faculties. Peter had difficulty processing Christ’s words and turned the attention off himself and onto John.
Peter turned to John and asked Jesus, “Lord, what about him?” I wonder what kind of answer Peter was hoping to hear. Would Peter feel better about his aging weakness if John would experience the same or worse? Human nature loves to compare and comparisons often breeds jealousy, pride, bitterness or despondency.
Jesus didn’t give Peter the answer he was hoping for but responded, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” (v.22) Jesus did not say John wasn’t going to die but the matter of John’s life/death had no bearing on Peter’s life or responsibility. It didn’t matter because Jesus had called Peter to follow Him regardless.
Don’t get caught up in spiritual, financial, relational or lifestyle comparisons. God has a divine purpose for your life. He has an exclusive call on your life that no one else can fulfill. Keep your eyes on Him, not on others. Put one foot in front of the other and faithfully pursue Him. He will direct your path…all you need to do is follow.
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!