20 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?”) 21 When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?” 22 Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” 23 Because of this, the rumor spread among the believers that this disciple would not die. But Jesus did not say that he would not die; he only said, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?” 24 This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true. 25 Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.
Peter shows interest in knowing the future of the disciples, specifically questioning Jesus about John. Jesus responds, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?” (vs 22a).
However I find Jesus’ second response key in how Peter should be living his life. Jesus says, “As for you, follow Me” (vs 22b). This simple command shifts Peter’s concern from the future of others, to the direction of fixing his eyes on Jesus.
In order to take hold of our church vision, “In your going, make disciples”, I am reminded that making disciples and caring for others starts with following Jesus. From allowing Jesus to lead me, I am then able to understand and activate His will in my life.
God, I thank You that despite my weaknesses and faults, You promise to lead me when I follow You. Please help me to fix my eyes on You each day, and fulfill the will You have for my life. Amen.
Written by Laura Samperi