“But What About John?”
When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. 18 Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!” Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is going to betray you?”) When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?” Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” (John 21:15-22)
Peter got a little distracted here. After Jesus revealed to Peter what would happen to him in later years. Peter protests, “Wait, what about John?”
Jesus gently says “Not your business Peter, John is my business, and your business is to follow me.”
Both Peter and John where martyrd. Peter crucified upside down at his request. Then John, the Romans tried to boil him alive but he ended up exiled to the Isle of Patmos where he wrote Revelations.
Yet the timeless truth so powerfully packed in the passage is, Jesus has his own unique plan for our each individual lives.
Personally, for all of us, the temptation can be to compare ourselves to much with others. God does not desire us to do that. Rather, by focusing only on Christ, His desires and plans for us, we can become the best versions of ourselves He desires us to become.
Sure Peter did not at first fancy Jesus’s words about His plan for him. Yet later on Peter it has been said, asked to be crucified upside down because he felt unworthy to die right side up like His Savior did.
Not all of us will be martyrd. Yet daily martyrdom can come by often just deciding His way over our prefered way. There is an agony sometimes in this. I know it, and you know it.
However, the blessing that bloom out of letting Him have His way with us and in us become sweat and worth the sacrifice!
Often our wills are in conflict with The Lord’s, and as we grow and learn to submit more to His Lordship, we eventually see the wonderful result.
I have testimony of this personally. Walking with Christ for a little over 9 years, I have had my moments of great struggle and times I even got resistant ans frustrated with the Lord. Yet as I have grown and seen what wonderful things he brought about, I have no regrets. I do not have a moment where I look back on sone hardship and say “That was a waste”
To the contrary, I am glad God did not give into my whiny and impatient demands at the time.
Trust your Father in Heaven and yoir blessed Lord. He is good and has your best in mind!