“Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do? Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.” (John 21:21,22)
There is a tendency to resent those whose road is easier than ours. The current generation is looking at darker days than their fathers faced. If the Lord tarries, their children will have it worse than them. Discipleship has always been costly, but in some days it is more costly than others – it may require our physical life.
Jesus promised Peter a day when cross carrying would no longer be metaphorical in his life. Gripped with the reality of a painful future, Peter wanted to know if his buddy John had the same grim end in store. Jesus, in His typical fashion, didn’t tolerate whining. His response was meant to keep Peter’s focus where it needed to be – not on what the Lord wanted from anyone else; but on what was required of him.
Each of us has a unique race set before us. It may be harder than our father’s was. It may be more painful than our brother’s is. But what does that matter? All that matters is that we follow our Lord across the finish line. A successful life is one which has glorified God, whether in life or death.