“If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!”
(John 21:22 ESV)
Peter is a great example of the redemption of Jesus. Here is a man who was called by Jesus to follow him. And he was so devoted that he declared his willingness to die for Jesus. However, when the rubber hit the road, he fell far short of his expectations. When Jesus was arrested, Peter publicly denied him three times.
However, after the resurrection, Jesus restored Peter. He asked Peter three times: “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” And, each time this question was asked, Peter affirmed his love for Jesus.
Jesus then tells Peter that he would, indeed, give his life for him. Peter would die for his faith in Christ and his service of him. He then, once again, calls Peter to follow him.
This is interesting. We know that we’re to follow Jesus no matter what it means for us. We know it’s possible that we might end up giving our life for the Lord. However, in our mind, that likelihood is small. In all honesty, it doesn’t even concern us.
But how hard would it be to follow Jesus, knowing that we would die for our faith? Would we willingly follow him, knowing this was our fate? I think we have to admire Peter for doing so.
However, hearing this call, Peter makes a mistake that’s common to us all. Seeing John, he asks Jesus if this would be his fate as well. He wants to know if John’s call, if his future, would be as difficult as his own.
We often do the same thing. We compare our life and our call with that of other believers. We wonder if others will suffer as we’ve suffered. We wonder if we’ll have it as well as another believer. We seem to think that our life of faith should be fair. We seem to think that our life of faith should be comparable to that of others.
Jesus answers Peter, telling him that it’s none of his business. What he had in store for John was not Peter’s concern. Peter was simply to follow him.
We must take this statement to heart. What the Lord has in store for other believers is not our concern. We must not compare the call of God placed on our life with that of others. We must concern ourselves only with the Lord’s will for our life. We must concern ourselves with following the Lord, wherever he might lead us.