“Jesus answered, ‘If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” (John 21:22)
In one of the post resurrection appearances of Jesus, we find Him alone on the shore where He had first called His fishermen. The miraculous catch of Galilean fish is met with Simon Peter jumping ship and getting to the shore first to be with Jesus. You can almost feel the atmosphere, with Simon Peter wanting to make things completely right, following his denial and longing to hear fresh words from the Lord. The dialogue moves forward with Jesus telling Simon Peter he, in his older years would be led where he did not want to go. Directing the focus to the youngest disciple, John, Simon asks about John. Then he hears the word, “What is that to you?”
Sometimes we find ourselves perplexed as to what would appear to be unfair blessing on others as compared to what we receive from God ourselves. We either don’t like the timing, circumstances or even the direction. We feel that someone is getting a better deal from God, and we are left with the shorter straw. Have you ever been there? Let’s face it: we don’t like to admit it when our flesh is offended, especially when dealing with God’s providence. Somehow, we feel we deserve more, the better place, the greater recognition and privilege. Unless false humility has blinded you to the real you, we all wrestle with this…so admit it.
Where are we to go when that happens? Nowhere is the answer…just stay with Jesus on the shore. Remember, the denying disciple would also hear, “You must follow me.” No qualifiers allowed. No commas with exceptions are offered. It is essential that we must follow Christ. The focus turns from what we think we deserve to wherever He leads. The old song with the lyrics, “wherever He leads, I’ll go…” is never more important than here at this moment. It’s now about me following Christ, regardless of the outcome and never about “old what’s his name.” Follow on!