• Marcy Fleurima

2021_12_31 Insight Post- Marcy Fleurima

This week's reading- John 21

John 21 is one of my favorite chapters. I love how so many pieces are tied together to show us a glimpse into life with God. First, while the disciples were fishing for hours with no success, Jesus offered the same words he did in Luke 5 when he first called his disciples. Upon hearing his advice to move the net to the other side, the disciples caught an abundance of fish and then recognized him as the Lord. Next, I love the excitement Peter showed as he rushed off the boat to be with Jesus as soon as he knew it was him. Then, they spend time with food and fellowship over the meal Jesus cooked and served. It’s neat to think of Jesus coming to find his disciples and having a breakfast ready for them!

In John 21, Jesus and Peter have a nice chat, what I like to call a redemption story. This whole conversation has much to unpack, but I want to focus on the part toward the end. After Jesus reverses Peter’s three denials by asking him three times if he loves him, Jesus basically tells Peter what kind of death he will have. Then, he casually says to Peter, “follow me.” Peter does follow Jesus but I have to wonder what on earth that felt like to hear those words?! Did he have any questions? Fear? Or was he so in awe of his Savior and so thankful for forgiveness, grace, love, and redemption that he was willing to follow Jesus even though he knew his life and death wouldn’t be easy.

In a moment of what might have been weakness, Peter turns back and sees John. He asks Jesus, “what about him?” Jesus replied with, “…what is that to you? As for you, follow me.” (John 21:21-22) Let’s think about this for a second. How often do we do this same thing? We know we are to follow Jesus and do what he tells us to do. But it is so easy to look around and see what everyone else is doing. We fall into traps of comparison and competition more often than we’d like to admit. We like to see what everyone else around us is doing in life and in ministry. Are they giving as much time and money as I am to the church? Are they loving their neighbors like I am? Or, how come they seem to get all the attention and no one notices me? How is everyone else able to do this and that and I’m struggling to make ends meet? We even compare and compete based on devotion and love for God and even believe some people are more loved than others.

When you fall into that trap your focus moves into what you don’t have and you lose focus on what you do have and what God has set aside for just you. We don’t know how God is moving and leading in other peoples lives. We can only be accountable for what he tells us and how we respond to him. When we catch ourselves asking, “what about him,” let’s quickly change the narrative and respond to Jesus telling us, “what is that to you? As for you, follow me.”

Do I know God is in control enough to trust him? Am I in awe of him and in love with him enough to follow him? I pray for each of us to recognize our redemption story and to be transformed enough to run with Jesus as he asks us to follow him.

Marcy Fleurima

Prayer Team