John 21; 2 Chronicles 33; Psalm 89:1-18
When I was young, people talked about trying to find themselves. What they were really searching for is their purpose in life. As I grew older and came to know Jesus I realized that what I was really searching for was God’s call on my life. Of course, that was hard for me to recognize when I had no understanding of God and merely paid lip service to His existence.
In truth, living in America can be dangerous to faith. For a long time we felt like we had a special relationship to God because we lived here and so we never sought to explore our faith and deepen our relationship with Him. We took God for granted. As times have changed, we have been forced to examine our relationship with God and His call on our lives.
Peter was forced to do that after the resurrection. He had been walking along with Jesus thinking he was pretty tight with Him and then came that fateful night when despite his early protestations, he denied Jesus – three times. After the resurrection, Jesus met Peter and the others by the lake and Peter was forced to face his denials while at the same time gaining redemption. Then, Jesus revealed His purpose for Jesus. “Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, ‘Follow me!’” (John 21:19)
Jesus called Peter to live and then die to glorify God. Then He challenged Peter to follow Him. The call of God may be different for each person but Jesus reminded Peter, and each of us, that our concern isn’t how God calls others, it’s how God calls us and how we respond to Him. God calls us to a life of service. It’s not meant to be easy, but it will always be an amazing journey with Him.
Lord, let me be faithful to Your call on my life. Whether I be called to die for You or live until You come again, let my life and death bring honor to You.