ONE MORE REMINDER
I am very humbled that my experience is not much different from Peter’s. I need to be reminded by the Lord over and over on the same issues. This speaks to me of His limitless love and patience, even when I let my attention get diverted from Him to other people.
Peter had just gone through a severe test about his love for the Lord. At the end of the conversation, Jesus says, “Follow Me” (John 21:19). “Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them, the one who also had leaned back against him during the supper and had said, “Lord, who is it that is going to betray you? When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?”” (John 21:20-21).
The Lord knows we are always in danger when other people become our focus and not Himself. So Jesus patiently reminds Peter again, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me” (21:22)! At the moment the Holy Spirit came at Pentecost, Peter became riveted on Christ. This marked his ministry and it will mark ours if we allow the Spirit to always direct our attention to Christ our Lord and Head (John 14:26).
Our greatest success in life and ministry is when we see no one but Jesus, and follow Him. This is exactly what happened` on the mountain during the Transfiguration. “And suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone with them but Jesus only” (Mark 9:8).
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