Abide Together: Reflections on John 21

In John 21, many of the disciples went fishing and caught nothing.  Jesus showed up and encouraged them to try again and they had a huge catch of fish.  When Peter knew it was Jesus he jumped out of the boat to get to Jesus as fast as he could.  Jesus had breakfast with the disciples, which was the third time he had appeared to them after His resurrection. Just as Peter had denied Jesus 3 times, Jesus asked Peter if he love Him 3 times.  Jesus urged Peter not to concern himself with God’s will for others, but to concentrate on following Him. The thing that stands out to me is when Jesus informs Peter what kind of death he will undergo, Peter looks at John and asks Jesus – “what about this Man?”  Jesus responds with “… what is that to you?  You follow me?”  God’s calling and will for John were not to be Peter’s concern, he was to fix his eyes on Jesus and follow Him and the calling and will He had for Peter.  Too many times followers of Jesus can get caught up in what God is calling others to and therefore lose focus on God’s calling and will for their life.  Lord, grant me grace to focus on following You and not be distracted on your call in the lives of others.

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