Focus Your Energy on Following Jesus

“If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow Me!”

John 21:22

Jesus just told Peter how his death would come about in his old age. Peter attempts to shift the conversation to his fellow disciple’s fate, John. However, in so many words, Jesus tells Peter that it is none of his business. Your job, Peter, is to stay focused on what you are called to do and follow me. John was called to serve as the bridge between the early church and the historical account of Jesus’ earthly ministry. Peter did not have the same level of historical knowledge as did John; therefore, his role was to provide courageous leadership.

Those roles of providing theological clarification and courageous leadership are still needed in the church today. The problem seen in the church today is the same propensity that Peter had long ago, where people are often more concerned about how the Lord is working in and through others in their specific calling. Such jealousy, envy, or call it what you may, serves as a hindrance to the church’s ability to further share the gospel. That is why Jesus tells us that what He is doing through our fellow disciples’ lives is not our concern. Our primary concern is to follow Him.

Whatever the Lord’s calling, let us use the gifts given to us by the Holy Spirit to fulfill that calling. The Spirit gifts each of us according to the Lord’s purpose and plan for our lives. It does not matter what you brother or sister in Christ has been called to do and how they have been gifted, for on the day of judgment, we shall be judged on what we did or what we failed to do with the gifts freely given to us. Therefore, let us eagerly seek out ways to employ the gifts given to us by God, for His purpose, for His glory. When we follow God, we will never go wrong.


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2 thoughts on “Focus Your Energy on Following Jesus

  1. James August 12, 2021 / 5:16 PM

    Thank you for sharing this devotional with us! Daily, followers is Jesus Christ should seek to proceed forward demonstrating fruit of the Holy Spirit as well as whatever spiritual gifts they have been given. In doing so, we seek to do the work that the Lord has put before us to do and not for our personal gain. And John chapter 21 Jesus told Peter if he loved him he should take care of his lambs and feed his sheep. I think that is very good and basic teaching for us followers of Jesus Christ regarding our daily mission and what we should be seeking to do. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Many blessings to you my friend!


  2. James Reasor August 12, 2021 / 5:24 PM

    As we seek to follow Jesus Christ as our Lord and personal savior, we should want to do what he taught us to do. When we become followers of Jesus Christ we are filled with Holy Spirit and as such we have fruit of the spirit within us. These qualities will help to guide us in our actions and behaviors. Also, the gifts of the Spirit are imparted upon us and as such we should seek to demonstrate these towards other people. As we read in John chapter 21, Jesus told Peter if he loved him he should take care of his lambs and she. On a daily basis that is what we should be doing also. Thank you for this article! Super awesome! Many blessings to you my friend!


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