whatever else, “Follow me”

Then [Jesus] said to [Peter], “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.”

John 21:19b-22

On the eve of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation when Martin Luther nailed the 95 theses to the door of the (Catholic) church in Wittenberg, there is some fanfare, and much thought given to what the Reformation means for us today. There is no question as to its impact on both the church and society in the west, and really from that, throughout the world.

I am interested, yet wary and weary over the entire thing. I’m glad there are younger people, and those set apart in their study to pursue these questions. They certainly have relevance for our time and beyond. And it’s not like I’m going to tune out completely.

But like Peter, I think we do well to hear our Lord’s call to us, regardless of what else goes on around us, or what others are doing. We need to hear that call and be faithful to it. Certainly not apart from the church, but as a part of it, which is an important aspect of what following Jesus involves.

A call to follow Jesus. In everything. By God’s grace in and through him.

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