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Daily Devotional John 21:1–25

Each year the Tour de France is broadcast on television. Most non-cyclists, like me, look for the person wearing the yellow jersey, understanding that this is the overall leader. However, the most important person might be the team’s domestique (from the French word for “servant”). This individual will sacrificially pave the way to enable their team leader’s success.

Then he said to him, “Follow me!”

JOHN 21:19

In John 21, Jesus, in His risen state, was having breakfast on the shore with His disciples. Jesus engaged Peter in a dialogue regarding his service once He returned to be with His Father. He commissioned Peter, saying, “Feed my lambs” (v. 15), “take care of my sheep” (v. 16), and “feed my sheep” (v. 17). He also told Peter that his death would bring glory to God (v. 19).

At the close of their discussion, Peter asked about Jesus’ plans for the Apostle John. “Jesus answered, ‘If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me’” (v. 22). John lived a long life and because of it, we have the book of Revelation. As predicted by Jesus in John 21 (vv. 18–19), Peter died by crucifixion after a fruitful life of ministry. The Lord had a different plan for each apostle. God has a unique plan for each one of us too, and He desires that we would follow Him.

Peter eventually understood this and wrote, “To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps” (1 Peter 2:21). Jesus isn’t asking us to go to any place without His leading. That may be a place of suffering or beside quiet waters (Ps. 23:2). But in either place, Jesus is there.

>> Jesus is the ultimate “Domestique,” sacrificing Himself to allow us to know God and follow Him. As we move into the new year, let’s make sure that we seek Jesus. What is He prompting you to do this new year? Trust Him and follow His lead.

Pray with Us

As this year ends and another begins, may our desires be for Your glory to be proclaimed and Your truth to be embraced. May our needs be met in You. We pray that Your light will shine in us for all those around us to recognize. Amen.

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