John 21:17b-22 (NIV) – Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!”
Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is going to betray you?”) When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?”
Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.”
“Through the call of Jesus men become individuals. Willy-nilly, they are compelled to decide, and that decision can only be made by themselves. It is no choice of their own that makes them individuals: it is Christ who makes them individuals by calling them. Every man is called separately, and must follow alone.” [Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship, p.94]
Prayer: Lord, it’s amazing your individual care to restore Peter and each one of us. Your call to follow you is also individual – Lord, help me to hear your call and like Peter, once more to make my individual choice to follow you, no matter what others do!
We follow not a religion, but a risen Lord! Let’s sing to him through “Christ is Risen” (click here) by Phil Wickham.