Wednesday, August 19, 2009
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 21:21-22
Peter is so human it’s awesome. In the midst of a risen savior, a given assignment, and the prediction of his death, he still ask about John. For what ever reason, if it was out of curiosity, concern, or he was just being nosy, Peter asked about John. Then Jesus sharply rebukes him, basically saying, “Never mind about him, follow me!” Jesus told him to do not be concerned of what happens with John, just stick to your assignment and keep focused and do what you got to do. Peter just got a distracted but Jesus made sure that the focus was upon the assignment that was given, and the life that Peter was to live.
Now I can read this and say, “Peter, what an idiot!” But really I am no better then him. My life is full of examples of how I was given an assignment and then I got distracted. At times I feel as if I get a little bit out of hand were I am not sure what if I am supposed to do this one assignment or not. There are also times where I know where I need to go but I when I begin the assignment, I get sidetracked and I take longer to finish the assignment. That isn’t good. But sometimes it will help with learning on being focused. I remember a time when we were traveling in California from San Francisco to Los Angeles, and we all decided to get there quicker and use the I-5 Route rather than the Highway 101. Though the 101 was prettier, it takes a long time. Last second my dad takes 101 without letting anyone know. Not that it was bad, but we got distracted and it took longer to get to the destination. When I get an assignment from God, I should take the attitude of focus get it done, or just focus in upon it. Keep focused on it and not loose sight of the goal. Take I-5 not 101.
Lord thank you for this reminder to keep me focused in upon doing your will. Help me to fulfill the assignments that are given.