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A Simple Request

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January 10, 2024 7:00 pm

A Simple Request

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January 10, 2024 7:00 pm

“Please clean the front room before you go to bed,” I said to one of my daughters. Instantly came the reply, “Why doesn’t she have to do it?” 

Such mild resistance was frequent in our home when our girls were young. My response was always the same: “Don’t worry about your sisters; I asked you.”

In John 21, we see this human tendency illustrated among the disciples. Jesus had just restored Peter after he had denied Him three times (see John 18:15–18, 25–27). Now Jesus said to Peter, “Follow me!” (21:19)—a simple but painful command. Jesus explained that Peter would follow him to the death (vv. 18–19).

Peter barely had time to comprehend Jesus’ words before he asked about the disciple behind them: “What about him?” (v. 21). Jesus replied, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?” Then He said, “You must follow me” (v. 22).

How often we’re like Peter! We wonder about the faith journeys of others and not what God is doing with us. Late in his life, when the death Jesus foretold in John 21 was much closer, Peter elaborated on Jesus’ simple command: “As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do” (1 Peter 1:14–15). That’s enough to keep each of us focused on Jesus and not on those around us.

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Hey friend, welcome to today's encouragement from your friends at Our Daily Bread.

The reading for today titled A Simple Request was written by Dr. Matt Lucas. Please clean the front room before you go to bed, I said to one of my daughters. Instantly came the reply, why doesn't she have to do it? Such mild resistance was frequent in our home when our girls were young. My response was always the same.

Don't worry about your sisters. I asked you. In John 21, we see this human tendency illustrated among the disciples. Jesus had just restored Peter after he denied him three times. Now Jesus said to Peter, follow me, a simple but painful command. Jesus explained that Peter would follow him to the death. Peter barely had time to comprehend Jesus' words before he asked about the disciple behind them.

What about him? Jesus replied, if I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? Then he said, you must follow me. How often we're like Peter, we wonder about the faith journeys of others and not what God is doing with us. Late in his life when the death Jesus foretold in John 21 was much closer, Peter elaborated on Christ's simple command. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance, but just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do. That's enough to keep each of us focused on Jesus and not on those around us. Today's Our Daily Bread devotional scripture reading is from John chapter 21 verses 17 through 24.

When you were younger, you dressed yourself and went where you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go. Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, follow me. Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, Lord, who is going to betray you? When Peter saw him, he asked, Lord, what about him? Jesus answered, if I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?

You must follow me. Because of this, the rumor spread among the believers that this disciple would not die. But Jesus did not say that he would not die. He only said, if I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down.

We know that his testimony is true. Would you pray with me? Heavenly Father, would you please continue to conform us into the image of your son? And may we be less concerned with what you're doing in other people's lives, but always seeking to be obedient to how you're leading in ours. Thank you, Lord. It's in Jesus' name that we pray. Amen. Thanks so much for spending time with us today. My name is Wes Ward, and today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread Ministries.
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