There is a conversation between Peter and Jesus that disturbs me. The conversation takes place after Jesus’ resurrection with the disciples sitting around eating. Jesus tells Peter that one day he will die for being a disciple. “One day you will stretch out your hands, and you will be carried where you do not want to go.” (John 20:18) Obviously shaken (and who would fault him?), Peter looks at John and asks Jesus, “What about him?”
Jesus’ answer is exactly what Peter needed, but it is really what I need to hear as well. “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” In other words, what difference does it make to you what plans I have for John?, you are to follow me. In fact, if John never sees death and is alive when I return, then what is that to you? You have one responsibility Peter, and it isn’t to worry about the plans I have for everyone else, but for you to Follow Me.
I look at other preachers, and I wonder why in the world God has put them in such positions. God has blessed me with a gift of preaching, and it is questionable (at least in my mind) He has given “that” preacher the same gift. Have you ever made that kind of comparison? Ever wondered why God “skipped” over you for someone else who is clearly not as qualified as you? Jesus’ words here speak directly to me, Phil you have one responsibility, to be obedient to my plan for you and to Follow Me. Don’t look to the left or the right, keep your eyes on me. I am preparing you for the work I have for you.