TLP Inspiration: July 7, 2018

“You must follow me”

The other day I was reading John 21 which is really a simple story of the resurrected Christ appearing to seven disciples at the Sea of Galilee; it’s a story that is very familiar to everyone, and contains a passage that the preachers preach often (John 21:15-19).  In this passage, Jesus asks Peter three times if he loves him, and each time Peter says that he does, followed by Jesus saying either ‘feed my sheep’ or ‘feed my lambs’.  The third time Jesus asks, Peter’s feelings are hurt because Jesus keeps on asking…At the end of the passage Jesus tells Peter to “follow me.”

What really struck me was the part that came right after this usual passage.

Peter looks back and sees John trailing behind them and says to Jesus, “What about him?”  I wonder how many of us have done this sort of thing:  We know that we have been called to follow Jesus, and instead of quickly answering that call, we look at someone else and ask, “What about him?”  Now in Peter’s defense, Jesus has just indicated the manner of his death (v. 18) and maybe Peter understood this, the text doesn’t quite make that clear.  Maybe Peter was very sensitive at that moment because he felt guilty when it hit him that Jesus has just asked him if he loves Jesus the same number of times that Peter denied Jesus… The fact remains that Peter looked away from his call and tried to put the spotlight on someone else.

Answering a calling isn’t always convenient; it isn’t always what we want to do.  It may involve giving up a great deal to follow Jesus, a career, a great income, possessions, position and so on, and yet it is our call.  What must we do?

Jesus’ answer is classic: He tells Peter essentially that John’s relationship with Him is none of Peter’s business: “You must follow me.” (emphasis added)

Peter did.

What will we do?

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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6 Responses to TLP Inspiration: July 7, 2018

  1. JALAJIWA says:

    seek for His calling

  2. Thanks for the inspiration as always Brother Don! 😉 I made a comment years ago after becoming newly married, “Lord, where ever you want me to go, what ever you want me to do, I’ll do.” You don’t say something like that unless you truly are serious. Though some times were tough, looking back almost 50 years to the day of my rebirth, I wouldn’t change it for the world or anything. I probably could have been richer and healthier, but I just don’t think I would have been as intimate or as wise (not to say I couldn’t use MORE today) if I hadn’t followed His call to the places and people it led me!! Again, thanks for such great inspiration Brother!!!
    On another note, your picture is perfect for this post!!! Another inspiration!

  3. Hear and obey, trusting that no matter what it looks like, or feels like, He has our very best in mind. It is no longer we who live or call the shots. If we are true believers, we follow Him.

  4. photojaq says:

    I’m slowing reading the Gospel of Mark in the mornings. One day Jesus passed a fishing establishment and told four men to “Follow Me.” Simon (Peter) was one, as well as John. Also Andrew and James. We thought they left a lot THEN, but now Peter learned it was going to cost him his life as well. (And John was going to live a long, long, long time before being with His Master again.)
    Thanks for the thoughts.

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