Reading: John 21
Summary: John finishes his gospel with the account of a resurrection of Jesus found only in his Gospel, which is typical. Ample space is devoted to the restoration of the broken relationship of Peter with Jesus—such a stark contrast to Judas’ failed response to his own failure.
What’s My Job?
Sometimes a person can take on more responsibility than is really theirs. We try to fix the world. We try to correct the mistakes of others. We want everyone else to be just as we are.
Now it is true that we do have the responsibility to “reprove” the unfruitful deeds of darkness and restore any brother who may be caught in any transgression (Eph. 5:11; Gal. 6:1). Our highest priority and greatest good, though, is much simpler.
After Jesus spoke directly to Peter about his future Peter wanted to know about John and what would happen with him. In essence, Jesus told Peter not to worry about John but take care of his own responsibility. “Jesus said to him, ‘If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!’” (John 21:22).
There is it. Our greatest responsibility is to follow Jesus. It’s so easy for our attention and interest and concern to be focused on lots of other people and in all kinds of directions. Really, it should only be for one thing; that I follow Jesus.