We can thank Peter that he seems to be willing to ask all of the questions that arise in our hearts; he seems to know what we are thinking a lot of the time. I think this is why most people seem to develop at least a little affinity towards him. Anyway, here he asks Jesus about what will happen to the disciple Jesus seems to love the most. Jesus basically tells Peter that as far as he, Peter, is concerned, what happens to John does not really matter. The same is true for us all. The most critical matter for us all is whether or not we are going to be obedient to Jesus’ call! There is nothing any of us can do about assuring that someone else will respond obediently to Jesus. Yes, we can encourage and support them, but we cannot make their decision for them, thus there is only so much we can do for them. It follows logically that our main focus ought to be upon what we ourselves must do and not to worry so much about what God’s plans for the next person are.

The Holy Spirit has been given to us to remind us of God’s call on our lives and to keep our focus fixed on Jesus, not the person along side us. We can waste an awful lot of time and energy worrying about things that both do not concern us directly and things that we have no power to change or influence. Let us simply stick with God’s plan for our lives and do the best we can with it.

Ultimately this is what Peter does and he does a fantastic job! He was the first pope and even after nearly 2000 years he is still the longest serving of all the popes – that almost has to be the longest standing record of all time I think. I wonder if it is in the Guinness Book of Records? I doubt it! Anyway, we should learn from the example of Peter and this discussion he has with Jesus to keep our focus right and to follow God’s plan for our lives until the end. This is the only sure way to eternal life.

How much time do I waste wondering about what other people should be doing rather than doing what I should be doing in the service of the Gospel?

Holy Spirit, I may not have a huge responsibility to fulfill in the plan of God, but help me to be faithful to it and to do all I can to be a good example of obedience to others.