The Bible passage for meditation, prayer, and reflection for the week of September 17-23, 2017, is John 21:20-22. Jesus has risen and once again revealed Himself to His disciples. During this time, Jesus and Peter have a discussion regarding Peter’s death. But Peter is not satisfied simply knowing his fate.
But Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved, following—the one who also had leaned back on His breast at the supper and had said, Lord, who is it that is going to betray You? When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, Lord, what about this man? Jesus said to him, If I want him to stay (survive, live) until I come, what is that to you? [What concern is it of yours?] You follow Me! (John 21:20-22, AMP)
For many, Peter is a very relatable disciple. He does not always think before he speaks or acts, he speaks when he sometimes shouldn’t, he makes mistakes and learns from them, and he is extremely curious. In his heart, he truly loves the Lord, even when he makes mistakes, he still loves the Lord. In this week’s passage, Peter’s curiosity shows once again. Jesus reminds Peter, reminds us all, that we serve Him in the way that we have been called to serve Him. We do not need to be overly concerned about the lives and works of others, but show our support for them. This week, as you mediate on, pray over, and reflect upon the above passage, focus on your service to the Lord. What are you doing to serve him everyday? What is your role in serving Christ?