Saturday: 19th, May, 2018
Reference text: John 21:20-25
John 21:21,22 Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do? Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.
These words spoken to Peter today:“If I want him to live until I come again, what’s that to you? You—follow me” , was Jesus’ way of telling his disciples: this journey is about you and me, not them and us. He wanted to remind them that a third leg in their relationship was not needed because their action suggested something along that line.
For many of us, that is our problem: the fact that we cannot seem to journey with our eyes fixed on the Lord and what He is doing in our lives, without frequently taken a peek at the lives of others and creating a scale for comparison which never should be. Sweetheart, Jesus invites you to follow him- you in person, you entirely; with eyes transfixed and looking only at him.
We claim to be in fellowship with the Lord, but our eyes are on others and our lives, aligned to follow the modeled lives of other people. Hence, Jesus’ rebuke ‘if that is what I want to happen, what does it matter to you?, was him saying:’ why are you concentrating on what I will do for and with someone, at the neglect of what I desire to do with you?’
Beloved, from the moment you solely embrace the workings of the Lord in the life of others as your mirror and standard, you are unlikely to enjoy your journey with him. The reason being that: although your path may be entirely different from that of another, your comparisons will draw you in towards seeking a similar experience and relationship with God. Each of us has a unique relationship with Him, one which is tailored bespoke to us- that you should not lose sight of.
Remember # your personal relationship with God is two-legged; it is a relationship of just ‘you and Him’.