Fall Creek Friends
11345 Karnes Rd.
Hillsboro, Ohio 45133
Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following;
which also leaned on his breast at supper and said, Lord which is he that
betrayeth thee? Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this
man do? Jesus saith unto him, if I will that he tarry until I come, what is that to
thee? Follow thou me.
Jon 21: 20 – 22
There are times in all of our lives when we can loose sight of what is
really important. Our focus can shift from what we as individuals are called to
be and do and we can become sidetracked by getting caught up in what
others are involved in. Sometimes it comes across as mere curiosity while at
other times it comes out as supposed concern. Still yet at other moments as a
condescending attitude of “holier than thou”. Paul wrote to the church at
Corinth as said “for we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare
ourselves with some that commend themselves; but they measuring
themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves,
are not wise.”
(2 Corinthians 10:12) In this text from John we find that Jesus is publicly
restoring Peter to service, which is the opposite of Peter’s publicly denying
him. In dealing with Peter Jesus asks Peter three times if he loved him.
Jesus used the word agape, which is an unconditional love, and phileo, which
is a brotherly type of love. The question could also be asked of us. How
great is our love for Christ and better yet what kind of love do we really
have? Of greater importance is the fact for us that not if we fall but when we
fall from grace the Lord will forgive us. We sometimes wonder what is God’s
will for our lives; in this text Jesus plainly tells Peter what he wants him to do.
Even though Peter now knew what the Lord had for him he was wondering
about the unrevealed will for John life, which was a mystery. Jesus’ point to
Peter was don’t worry about what you don’t know I am doing or going to do in
someone else’s life you be about doing what you know I have told you to do.
There are reasons why God does not tell us everything all of the time. At an
earlier time in Jesus’ ministry he was asked a question and his response was
you are not able to handle what I could tell you, don’t worry about it, you don’t
need to know. Trusting the Lord will always faith on our part. When we don’t
know the what’s and the whys let us just pray ‘thy will be done’. Then let us
put feet to our prayers by not being hearers but doers of the word.
H. Scott Latimer