What Shall This Man Do?
Daily Devotional for March 15th
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
The will of God is unique to each individual life. God has created each of us specially unique in that there is not, nor will there ever be anyone like you. He has also placed you here on earth in this time and generation in the country and ethnicity for His own desire. Your impact in this world is nothing without Christ; it’s all about surrendering our will unto His.
From our understanding of these passages, Peter did not take easily Jesus’ words concerning the way he would die. By the question he asks the Lord, Peter surely felt like he had gotten the short end of the stick. Sometimes we ponder our lot in life and try to compare ourselves to others. John and Peter were two different people. Both were disciples, but had totally different paths.
We often times get distracted by the other people, their ministries and callings, that we do not give our own calling the attention God expects. We also try to pattern our walk with God after others. Friend, the Lord desires you to be you in Christ and not a cookie cutter like someone else. God’s plan for you may be similar to another, but in the end your walk with God is only between you and God, not someone else.
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. The Holy Ghost, in Acts 13, said Separate unto me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. 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 never be on what God is doing in other people’s lives.
Jesus revealed how Peter’s death would glorify God. Peter would then turn to John and ask the question to Jesus what shall this man do? Jesus’ plan for other men and women should not be our focus. Our focus should forever be upon completing the assignment He has given unto us individually. True peace is not found in following God’s path for someone else, but fulfilling God’s plan for your life. When you surrender to His plan, you’ll find such peace and contentment knowing that Christ alone is your desire.