Sunday, November 18, 2018

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Our Lord's Command
John 21:14-22
Jesus said,..."Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men." (Mark 1:17)
Jesus asked Simon Peter a heart-searching question long ago on the seashore in Galilee: “Do you love Me?” (John 21:15-17). Then the risen Lord told His disciple Peter that his future would lead to martyrdom. And Peter accepted that destiny without complaint.
But then Peter asked about the apostle John’s future (v.21). We can only guess what motivated his question. Was it brotherly concern? Was it fleshly curiosity? Was it resentment because he thought that John might be spared a martyr’s death?
Whatever Peter’s motive, Jesus responded with a counter-question that applied not just to Peter but to every follower of His: “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me” (v.22). In that question, Jesus was saying in essence, “Don’t worry about what happens in the life of anybody else. Your task is to keep following Me steadfastly.”
It is so easy to let our relationship with the Lord be overly influenced by the behavior and experiences of others. But we must not be concerned with what God has planned for anyone else. Through the conflicting voices that surround us, we must keep hearing the Savior’s clear command: “You follow Me.”
PRAYER
Dear Lord, be gracious to me and help me to choose your ways and to follow you. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
To find your way through life, follow Jesus.
Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church