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Devotional - week of April 10, 2011


WHAT IS THAT TO YOU

 

Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, “But Lord, what about this man [John]?” Jesus said to him, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.”  John 21:21-22

 

This event took place beside the sea of Galilee where Jesus met for the third time with His disciples following His resurrection.

 

Jesus had just informed Peter that even though he denied Him three times, he was still accepted as a useful servant of God. Jesus had asked Peter three times if he loved Him. Each time Peter said that he did. Jesus followed Peter’s statements with “Feed my lambs” or “Feed my sheep.” There was still a place for Peter in the work of the Kingdom.

 

Also, Jesus had just indicated to Peter that he also would die on a cross. Tradition says that Peter did die on a cross—upside down at his own request—because he believed that he was not worthy to die as Jesus did.

 

For some reason not explained in Scripture, Peter wanted to know the plan of the Lord for John. The answer Jesus gave was that regardless of what His plan for John was,  the plan for Peter was that he follow Him.

 

What Jesus said to Peter is a message for all of God’s children. Regardless of what others do, God’s plan for each of us is to follow Him.

 

Sadly, even some God-loving believers reject God’s plan of  walking in grace through experiencing their oneness with Christ.  

 

Regardless of the hesitancy and, at times, opposition of friends and relatives, it is the will of God that we not be discouraged from living the life of grace.