April 27, 2014

Following Jesus

John 21:20-23

Jesus answered …“You must follow me.”
—John 21:22


Do you know someone who likes to ask lots of questions? I do that sometimes. My husband can verify this. The problem comes when I get too caught up in the details of something and miss the main point.

I think that’s what’s happening here to Peter. Peter is asking a question that misses Jesus’ point. Peter is wondering about what Jesus has in store for John. Jesus tells Peter he doesn’t need to worry about that. It almost sounds like Jesus is scolding Peter. Perhaps it’s more accurate to say that Jesus is urging Peter to “keep the main thing, the main thing.” And the main thing is to follow Jesus.

Jesus has put his finger on a temptation we all struggle with. We look at others and wonder about God’s dealings with them in comparison to God’s dealings with us. Jesus is telling us that’s not what we must focus on. The main point is to follow him.

Following Jesus is not just a one-time decision. It’s a daily one. Daily you and I must decide whom to follow. But the Spirit helps us in this. Reading God’s Word and daily prayer also keep us focused on walking in the footsteps of Jesus and showing his love and care as we go. In our lives today, let’s “keep the main thing, the main thing.”

Loving God, you have given us Jesus, and you call us to follow him. Help us to be faithful followers and to show his love and grace today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

About the author — Ruth Boven

Ruth Boven serves as minister of congregational life at LaGrave Ave. CRC in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She and her husband, Greg, have two adult children. They find rich purpose in urban ministry and delight in enjoying the wonders of God's good creation.

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