What Is Your Path?

What Is Your Path?

When we focus on other people, we may lose sight of our own calling

As Jesus wraps up his stint on earth, he spends some time with his disciples, the core group he trained for three years. They will need to carry on without him, and he wants to make sure they’re ready.

First, he must deal with Peter, who, a few days earlier, denied he even knew Jesus. Jesus is gentle but sure. To counter Peter’s three denials, Jesus has his wayward disciple give three affirmations of love. After each one, Jesus tells Peter to “Care for those who follow me.”

Then Jesus tells Peter what his future will entail. It ends with execution. But Jesus tells Peter to follow him, regardless.

Likely squirming and wanting to change the subject, Peter notices John and asks Jesus what the future holds for this disciple, “What are your plans for him?”

Jesus won’t play along. He basically says, “It doesn’t matter. You must do what I told you to do: follow me.”

It’s easy to become distracted by other people: People who seem to have more success, at least by the world’s standards; people who radiate God’s love in a way we fear we never will; or people who pray with a faith that eludes us.God says, “It doesn’t matter what others do, you must follow me." Click To Tweet

Frustrated and discouraged, we may ask God, “What are your plans for them?”

To which God says, “It doesn’t matter what others do, you must follow me.”

Look straight ahead and follow Jesus. We shouldn’t concern ourselves with what others are doing.

[Read through the New Testament of the Bible this year. Today’s reading is John 21, and today’s post is on John 21:15-22.]

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4 Comments

  • Tim Bishop Posted June 16, 2017 10:06 am

    Isn’t it the truth that we always seem to be looking elsewhere? And comparing! In our search for validation in life, we are so prone to comparison with other people. It’s easy to forget that we already have a standard, a perfect one named Jesus. Finding who God is uniquely calling us to be and striving toward that goal will bring the affirmation that we seek in life. I love the practical nature of your posts, Peter.

    • Peter DeHaan Posted June 16, 2017 11:29 am

      Thanks for your comments, Tim.

      For us writers, the comparison game is hard to avoid. Yet, I remind myself that what matters is being faithful to what God tells me to write.

      (Check out Tim’s book, Wheels of Wisdom at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IIDQKEA/)

  • Tim Bishop Posted July 25, 2017 4:13 pm

    Isn’t that the truth! And thank you for the referral.

    • Peter DeHaan Posted July 25, 2017 4:48 pm

      😉

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