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Ok, Here’s the Scary Part

John 21:18-19

Verse 18 “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.”

Yesterday we talked about how we shouldn’t judge Peter too harshly because we also struggle to surrender to God’s desires for us. Today we see some of what Peter would be facing.

Directly after hearing that Peter was at least partly surrendering to the calling that Jesus was telling him about, Jesus lays out some of the facts that will be Peter’s life. Peter said he loved Jesus dearly but Jesus was going to point out that what was coming was going to take a deep commitment. What was coming wasn’t what Peter desired but it would benefit the kingdom that he was called to serve.

For a person that lives 80 years there are approximately 700,800 hours in their lives. Some of those are spent sleeping and eating, others are spent maturing from infanthood, yet the majority of these hours are spent in other activities. We are going to be held accountable for those hours and how they are spent. We don’t often give much thought to the hours in our day and how they are spent. A good majority of them may be spent working for the living we need to make to support our families. But how much of that time do we use to serve God’s kingdom through sharing about Jesus and His work in our lives?

Jesus wasn’t saying that we are to give up sleeping, eating or working. But He does have work for us to do for the kingdom which may involve some of those hours where we are working or eating. Nor was He saying that we shouldn’t have any fun in our lives. But He does need us to see what He was telling Peter, life isn’t all about us and our wants and desires.

Jesus told Peter some things that were likely not what he wanted to hear. Jesus wasn’t sending him back to his fishing boats. Nor was Jesus telling him that he was going to be able to stay in his hometown. His mission would not be taking him into a life of the familiar or the comfortable. Jesus told Peter that even though he did as he pleased as a young man, he would soon be going to where he didn’t want to go. And remember that Jesus knew all too well what was coming for Peter, He had just lived out the ministry that led to death.

Making It Personal

What scares you most about serving God? Have you dealt with people not liking the message of Christ in your life? What could help you overcome your fear?

Making It Personal Kids

Do you find it scary to talk about Jesus to your friends? What scares you about sharing Jesus with others? Pray to Jesus and ask Him to help you not be afraid to talk about Him.

Closing Prayer

Father, the unknown is scary and there is so many unknowns about sharing You with those around us. Help us not fear those of this world. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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