Tuesday, 21 October 2008

"You must follow me!" John 21:20-22 (Youth Band locals' meeting devotions)

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."

We can be a nosey bunch in the Salvation Army, can't we. Little things take our curiosity and this in turn can lead to our discoveries spreading like wildfire in no time.

While its all well and good finding things out, especially when news breaks, its important that we don't let that distract us from our own day-to-day business. Peter had been given insight into part of his future by Jesus, as there were great plans ahead of him as well as how he'd die; but all of a sudden he wanted to know what would happen to others! Jesus reminded him Peter pretty much that it wasn't his business and he had to focus on what lay ahead of him, because he'd only been equipped for so much.

Each one of us are good at what we'vebeen given the task of doing, be it playing, organising things, helping others, maybe even praying or reading out loud! But if thats your gift, don't let anyone else distract you if you feel you you can't do what they do just as well yourself. God's blessed you with a particular calling - be thankful, make the most of it.

"You must follow me" - not what your friend does or anyone else; Christ says "follow me" and he will give you an endless supply to do your role well. I trust we're grateful for our blessings as solders and are happy doing what we do, and my prayer is that we keep Christ and his plan for us at the focus.