Loving And Doing

John 21:21-22–Peter seeing him said to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do? Jesus said unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? Follow thou me.


Jesus had just asked Peter three times, “Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me?”  And Peter had responded each time, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.”  Each time Jesus told Peter to “feed my lambs”, “feed my sheep”.

After the third time Peter saw John and said “what shall this man do?”  Peter was trying to get the focus off of himself and on someone else.  I see this in my students at school.  When they get into trouble they try to redirect the focus to someone else.  It seems to be human nature to do this.  Peter also wanted to know what Jesus was going to have John to do.

If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee?  Follow thou me–What Jesus tells Peter and what we need to understand is that it does not matter what others are going to do.  Our responsibility lies in what the Lord wants us to do.  The whole thing centers around the Lord’s will.  We must do what he is directing us to do.  This applies to life in general.  We need to do what we should do and not get upset about what others are doing or are going to do.