Day 61 of 100 Days: “Go beyond the last understanding of your call” Read: John 21
by Chuck Pierce on Sunday, November 27, 2011 at 12:21am
This is the hardest one. The disciples went beyond, but then they went right back to what they used to do. Are you aware that’s a very dangerous place for all of us right now? We’re faced with the choice of going beyond where we’ve been or going back to the season from three and a half years ago. The disciples went back to fishing. They took up their business again. But Jesus met them in the business! Don’t be deceived or get into the religious lie that you can’t prosper if you are not doing what you’re supposed to be doing. He can prosper you even when you’re not doing what you’re supposed to be doing. He can allow you to prosper. He helped His disciples prosper in their business.
After they recognized Him and had eaten breakfast, Jesus talked with Peter. It could have gone something like this: “Peter, let’s talk about your call. Remember, I let Satan sift you. Do you feel like you’ve been sifted enough, or do you want to go to round two?” That’s what He was saying. Peter had one shot at moving beyond, but Jesus would have let him stayin the fishing business. He would also have let him be sifted again. When Jesus asked Peter, “Do you love Me?” Peter answered, “Yes, Lord.”
Jesus said, “But do you really love Me?” Peter answered, “Yes, Lord.” Jesus asked again, “But do you really love Me?” Peter answered, “Lord, only You know that.” Peter had answered every question in what he thought was the right way, and he’d done this before and still ended up in a mess. Jesus could have said to Peter, “If you do love Me, do you remember that prophecy I gave saying that you would be sifted like wheat and then you’d have to strengthen your brothers? You’re going to have to go back into your call. You’ll have to go beyond your last three and a half years and into a new type of call.”
You would think Peter would have fallen on his face and said, “Here I am, Lord!” But what he actually said was, “What’s going to happen with John?” Jesus answered him and basically said, “What is that to you? I’m asking you if you will go beyond.” Jesus was not talking about shirking responsibility but was asking this: “Will you keep following Me, even if they decide not to?”