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If I Want Him to Remain

April 8, 2015

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If  I Want Him  to Remain

People seem  to always  have  a way  of comparing themselves  to others.     They are concerned  about things like:    does he earn  more money  than me?  —  is he smarter  than me?  —  is his job  more important  than mine?  —  does God favor him  more  than me?  —  is he more worthy  than me?  —  etc.,  etc.

The apostle John  was noted  as being beloved  by Jesus.     So,  after Peter  had denied knowing Jesus  three times  during Jesus’ trial,  Peter  was ashamed  of his past fears  and failures.     Then,  after Jesus’ resurrection,  Jesus asked Peter three times  regarding the intensity  of his love.     Peter assured Jesus  of his love.     But,  when Jesus prophesied  Peter’s unwilling death,  and then commanded Peter  to follow Him,  Peter wondered  about the apostle John’s future.     Jesus replied,  in John 21:22,

If I want him  to remain  until I come,  what is that  to you?     You follow Me!

Peter’s anxious heart  was comparing  his life’s work  to that  of John  —  the beloved  of the Lord.     Would John have  to face  the same hard trials  and death  Peter needed  to endure?     Or would John  be more favored  with an easy ministry  and long life?     Was John  more loved  than Peter?     Would John’s ministry  be more productive  than Peter’s?

Jesus firmly  told Peter  to not worry  about the Lord’s plans  for other people’s lives.     What God has  in store  for others  is God’s business.     God’s purpose  and wisdom  for each of us  is to be trusted  and humbly accepted,  with hearts  that are willing  to serve Him  according  to His will.

We are  to strive  to be  the very best  we can be  —  but we need  to realize  that God’s plan  for each of us  is just as important  as His plan  for those  who appear  to have life easier.

Glad  to serve God  according to His will,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for the privilege  of serving You  to Your glory.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

 

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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