One of the relentless commands Jesus gives to His disciples in Gospel of John is this – Follow Me.
Over, and over at the end of John He gives this command, they are leave behind all that have, all that they are, and they are to follow Him. He has a plan, He has a purpose, He has a goal, He knows what He is going to accomplish in them, and through them. Listen to what He says in John 21: 18-19:
Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.” (This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.”
He is talking to Peter in this passage, and He tells him that He is to follow. But, before, He tells Peter – it won’t always be easy. There’s going to be some tough times, you will be lead to places that you don’t want to go, and have to do things that you don’t want to do, and yes, Peter, you will even die a way that you don’t want to die.
And it’s ok.
Because in all the places that Peter will go – it will glorify God.
You want to know the secret to life? You want to know how to live a life, truly worth living, a life that is full, and abundant, and full of joy? An amazing life?
The secret to life is to understand this. It’s not about you. It’s not about me. It’s not about any of us. It’s about God. It’s about living for Him, His glory, His purpose, His plan. That’s where life is found. That’s where purpose is found. That’s where it is all found. Not in our stuff, but in His stuff.
And so Jesus tells Peter, it’s not going to always be easy. Follow me anyway. Because when you follow me, you’ll actually find a life worth living.
That’s the secret to life. To understand that it’s not about us; it’s about Him. When we understand that, then we actually, actually get to live. And that’s when the fun really starts!
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