Having just finished a
one-to-one with Jesus in which he is instructed to feed the lambs and sheep I
would have thought that Peter would have been totally focussed on the task at
hand. But no sooner had the Lord instructed him to follow Him, than he turns
round and looks at the other disciples.
What makes him ask a question like '..and what shall this man do?'?
Perhaps Peter felt overwhelmed with his calling. Perhaps he sought assistance
from his fellow disciples. Perhaps he would have felt more comfortable had the
Lord suggested a helper such as John. Whatever was going through his mind the
Lord answered him quite clearly.
'Jesus saith unto him,
If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? Follow thou me.'
There is a separation
and loneliness in God's calls to service. How many missionaries have left
families, homes and even countries to serve the Lord?
It is true that there can be a great sense of adventure when serving the Lord,
but who is sufficient for these things? Keep in mind that it is not necessary
for us to have a 'title' such as pastor or Missionary in order to serve our
In fact it may be that your Lord is calling you to a new task today. Are you
looking back for man's assistance or are you following Jesus?
There are those in our
churches whom we view as possessing great talents, and we think they are bound
to serve the Lord in some capacity or other.
Some folk do seem abundantly blessed with gifts. It is easy to see other
Christians as shining lights while at the same time viewing ourselves as
It does not make sense
for God to call me! It is impossible! I am simply not up to it. I do not have
the faith nor the courage to go forward. In fact I am comfortable with my life
just now. and I would hate to change it! What would my family think? What
would my friends say?
Perhaps we would be more willing to serve the Lord if we had a partner to
assist us in our task. We may think we need someone that we could confide in,
lean upon - a person stronger than ourselves. Maybe I should ask others for
their advice. But my Lord says, 'Follow thou me.'
There may be many times while serving the Lord that we feel overwhelmed and
unable to carry on. The pressure of helping others while seeing our own
weakness will floor us.
We think, "Let someone else do it. I have had enough! I simply do not have the
talent for this work." Instead of a joyful experience our Christian lives
become burdensome. Our flesh and hearts faint and fail us. We simply cannot go
Do I ask, "Where am I
going wrong?" Well, I started out in faith, but now it seems that sight has
taken over. I look within and see no future. I see a helpless wreck. I pray
for help, guidance and strength, yet my prayers do not reach above the
ceiling. Why would God listen to someone like me?
He says, 'Follow thou me.' He warns me not to follow my feelings, my fears, my
shortcomings nor my failings. To follow someone we must look to them. It's
time to look away from this body of death and to look to the One who is
altogether lovely. He is my refuge and my strength, in straits a present aid.
He is my help and my shield.
Peter was walking alongside the answer to all his prayers. He was walking
beside the greatest Helper he could possibly imagine! In himself he found
weakness and fear, while in Jesus he could find help, strength, support and
power to match any occasion.
We may find ourselves separated from the comfort and consolation of others who
in the past have proved supportive and willing to listen. Many a heartbroken
widow learns to place her trust in a new Husband and many a tear is shed as
the new relationship grows.
But sooner or later all our props will be removed. Some will be removed in
tragic circumstances and in ways we least expect, yet a new strength will be
nurtured and a closer bond is formed with our Elder Brother. He wants us to
lean hard upon Him. His loving embrace and strong arms provide all the
protection and help that we need.
Faithful is he who calls
you who will also do it. He will provide your every need. If we are called to
serve the King you can be absolutely sure that He will meet all your needs
according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus!
Author : Iain
Mackenzie Edited by : Pastor Al Moak