I love the encounter between Peter and Jesus that’s recorded in John 21. Usually our focus in that section is the repeated question that Jesus asks Peter. There’s another part to their dialogue though. Immediately after Peter’s three-fold affirmation of love for his Savior, Jesus alludes to Peter’s death and says to him, “Follow me.” When Peter hears this, his response is to question what will happen to another disciple. Jesus again tells him, “Follow me.”
It’s so easy to get caught up in what God has called other people to do. It’s especially tempting to dwell on what others are doing when my life isn’t going the way I’d like. Thankfully, Jesus offers a different invitation: to follow him and do what he has called me to do. He doesn’t need me to run someone else’s race. He needs me to be faithful to the one he’s given to me.