Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.” (This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.” John 21:18-19
As Christians we are never promised an easy road in this life. Today’s verses are another example. We have Jesus telling Peter that at the end of Peter’s ministry Peter will be crucified. The immediately Jesus tells Peter to “follow me.” Not exactly a rousing send off.
Yet so many Christians teach and believe that is only we have enough faith then, you can fill in the blank. It may be wealth. It could be healing or a lifetime of good health. Maybe you want a new car or a nicer house, if so just have faith and if you have enough faith God will give it to you. Maybe even tax free. Yes Santa God is ready and willing to fulfill all your desires. Problem, it just don’t work that way.
No one who ever walked this earth had more faith than Jesus and look at His life. He walked everywhere He went. He had no home. In fact Jesus tells us that the birds have nests and the fox his hole but the Son of Man has no place to rest His head. Then in the end, Jesus is put to one of the most horrifying deaths imaginable, crucifixion. And we think we deserve better than Jesus?
Then we have Paul the greatest evangelist ever. He brought the Gospel to the Gentiles. So what about Paul? Well he was beaten. Mobs chased him. He was arrested and placed in jails. He was at times destitute. His friends deserted him. He was shipwrecked. And health? Paul writes that he had a thorn in his side that three times he asked God to heal and God refused saying His grace was sufficient. Finally Paul was executed by beheading. And we think we deserve better than Paul?
No, all Jesus promises us is eternal life with Him and our own cross to bear. Yes, many of us will have nice cars to drove, nice homes to live in. We may have too much food and comforts. Yes some of us will receive healing for our ailments but not all of them. Each of us will die. This time on earth is just a short passing through and it is not our real home. While we are here we need to make good use of every minute showing others the Gospel through our actions and if necessary our words. Just as Peter eventually died so will we. In the mean time we need to follow Him.
Have a blessed day,