John 21:18-25: Tailor-made.(please click for todays passage)

God has a plan for your life, and it is tailor-made for you. If you try to ‘wear’ someone else’s destiny, it just won’t fit. It will be too big for you, or possibly too small.

When Jesus re-commissioned Peter, he not only spoke to him about his life’s work, but also indicated ‘’the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God’’ (19). (According to tradition, Peter was crucified in Rome. His hands were ‘stretched out’ in death. But he asked to be crucified upside down, because he didn’t feel worthy to die in exactly the same way as his Lord.) But then, Peter looked round from this conversation and saw John. Perhaps knowing that there was a special bond between Jesus and John, he wanted to know what was the blueprint for the ‘beloved disciple’. Effectively, Jesus told him to mind his own business. It was Peter’s job to keep his eyes on Christ. ‘’…what is that to you? You must follow me’’ (22).  A song by Marilyn Baker says: ‘’God has a plan for you; it’s something only you can do. You are so valuable to Him.’’

 I sometimes shake my head in wonder when I consider my life’s journey so far. It is not a script I could have written. But that has never been my job. I’m just here to act it out and not fluff my lines. I need to pay attention what the play’s Author has written and is writing, and play my part. The point is not to compare yourself with anyone else. Keep your eyes on the Lord. Follow Him.