What Are You Looking At?

Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? Follow me.” John 21:22 NRSV

Peter was finishing the most difficult conversation he had ever had with Jesus. Before Jesus was arrested and crucified, Peter pledged his total allegiance to him.MP900049880[1] But, just as his Lord had predicted, Peter fell away at the first sign of trouble. Before the cock crowed, he denied his Lord three times.

Now all that was behind him. Jesus was alive, and had appeared several times to Peter and the other disciples. Everything seemed normal again. But it wasn’t.

There were still unanswered questions. Where was Peter’s allegiance? Jesus wanted to know. He asked Peter three times, “Do you love me?” Each time Peter answered, “Yes!” Then Jesus gave him his marching orders, and told Peter what the future would hold.

MP900409424[1] Could there be any more intimate and probing experience than to have Jesus looking into your soul, and asking whether you love him? This is the kind of moment when time stands still, and everything else fades into the background.

But that wasn’t true for Peter. As soon as Jesus questioned him, Peter’s eyes began looking around, and his thoughts wandered. His attention was divided. His mind was full of questions, and his heart was tinged with jealousy.

Are you looking around or focusing on Jesus?

Jesus responded, “Follow me.” Peter’s vision was supposed to be focused on one person alone, Jesus Christ. If he was to have any hope of fulfilling the high calling of Christ on his life, then he had to fix his eyes on Jesus and start following. This was no time for wandering eyes. This was no time for jealousy or petty conceit. It was time to change from a focus on men to a focus on Jesus Christ. It was time to take up his cross and follow his Lord. This was the time to behold Jesus in his glory and to step forward in faith!

Follow me.” Those are Jesus’ words to every one of usMP900443145[1] who love him. Of course, in order to follow, we must first fix our eyes on Jesus. Otherwise, as we start following, we will stumble and fall. We must leave everything else behind, and focus on Jesus alone.

Leave everything else behind.

There are no choices here. Jesus doesn’t say, “Follow me when you feel like it.”  He wants us to stop worrying about what others are doing or getting, and put our full focus on him. He wants us to celebrate his action in our lives, and to follow him and him alone. What a high calling!

Why not try leaving all your other distractions behind today, and step out to follow Jesus Christ with single-minded focus. He wants your eyes, your mind, your heart, your hands and your feet. Fix your eyes on Jesus, and go his way today!

Look to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of Your Faith!

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, you know I love you. You also know my eyes wander, and I sometimes spend more time wondering what you are doing for others than I do on what you are asking of me. Forgive me, and help me to develop a single-minded focus on you. Help me to see you as you really are, and to faithfully do all that you are asking me to do! Amen.

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