What shall this man do?
Daily Devotional for February 17th
Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following: which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee? Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do? Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? Follow thou me. John 21:20-22
Distractions! This world is full of them. Distractions are one of the devil’s number one tactics. Our lives are much like a camera with an auto focus; we can focus on serving God, but like the auto focus lens, when something steps in front of our camera, our eyes become refocused on that new thing and off of serving God. The greatest followers of Jesus are not those who never get distracted, but those who refuse to get carried away by the distractions because of their first love; Jesus Christ.
From our understanding of these passages, Peter did not take easily Jesus’ words concerning the way he would die. Sometimes we ponder God’s plan for our life and try to compare ourselves to others. John and Peter were two different people. Both were disciples, but had totally different paths. God’s plan for your life is wonderful! Only you can accomplish it! If you stay distracted in someone else’s calling, you’ll miss the blessing for walking in your own.
When God is clearly and powerfully working in a ministry, we tend to gravitate toward it. God will definitely use other ministries to bless, equip and educate you, but not to the point where it hinders God’s work in your life. If God chooses to join ministries, then He will do it. If the Lord decides to separate men in order to multiply His work in the earth, then He will. In Acts 13 we find that God separated two men from the rest, while at the same time joining the two. Although God is not into division, there will come a time when He will send us in different directions. When He does, our eyes should always be on what God is asking us to do.
There are so many people who follow other men and ministries. Sadly, they never realize God’s plan for their own life. Our main objective is to follow Jesus. Jesus refocused Peter when He said, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? Follow me. What an amazing answer! We can be blessed by the work God is doing in other people, but do not let their work stop yours. Find God’s will for your life and fulfill it. You will never be satisfied being distracted by other’s callings. But when you turn your focus back to Jesus and what His plan is for you, you’ll find great peace finishing your own course.