29.4 John – First things First

It is so easy to get distracted. While we sing, turn your eyes upon Jesus, we look around to see who else is around and what they are doing and what is going on with them. When we drop to our knees to pray, and get quiet, our thoughts run the gamut from thing to thing to thing.

So, while it is easy to see the rebuke of Peter when he asks about John as a “mind your own business” comment. It is also good to see it as a reminder to “keep your eyes on the road” comment. Jesus reminds him “You must follow me.”

But why did Peter ask to begin with? Are we just curious? Nosey? Competitive? Yes, probably to all three. But we also are tempted to have a “scarcity mindset.” Because we start with the assumption that we can only give what we have received and once we give it we no longer have it to give to others, we project this onto Jesus. And, while that mindset may be accurate if we are talking about a savings account, it is not accurate if we are talking about the really important things, such as love and life and friendship and faith and caring and happiness and joy and peace. The Creator of the World does not live in a land of ‘scarcity’. He rules a kingdom of ‘abundance.’

Why do we compare ourselves to others and get curious about what others have and are getting, because of our scarcity mindset brought on by the wickedness and sin of the world. We are afraid we are getting less. We are afraid we are missing out. We are afraid we are getting short changed.

This isn’t living. What is any of it to you?

But, if you follow Jesus you receive eternal life. If you follow Jesus you receive the power of the Holy Spirit. If you follow Jesus you receive everlasting peace and joy.

My Answers:

9.

When you are old you will stretch out your hands and someone will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go. He didn’t say what would happen to John, only that John’s future did not matter to Peter

 

10.

Each personally and uniquely. What He does for one He does for one and is not compelled to do for everyone. He is not looking to provide the minimum, he is looking to overflow in love and grace and mercy to each. Abundance, not scarcity.

 

11.

First things first – follow Jesus. Eyes on Jesus not on others and what they have or don’t have, do or don’t do.

 

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