Don't Run Ahead of God

Text: John 13:36-37
Simon Peter said to him, ‘Lord, where are you going?’ Jesus answered, ‘Where I am going, you cannot follow me now; but you will follow afterwards.’ Peter said to him, ‘Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.’ (NRSV)

When we have a vison of what we want to do for God, it is often hard to wait for the proper time.  We often run headlong into an action only to later discover that it was OUR vision for God and not GOD’s vision for us.

Most of you probably know the context of our text from John.  Jesus is in the Garden of Gethsemane with his disciples on the night that he is arrested.  It is what we now call Holy Thursday.  Jesus is explaining the fact that he must go away and, where he is going, the disciples cannot follow him.

But Peter, having his own vision of the ministry he wanted to do for Jesus and, not knowing what was about to happen, tries to convince Jesus to let him go with him and yells out, “Lord, why can I not follow you now?  I will lay down my life for you.”  Of course, Peter was not yet up to the task at hand.  And, in fact, as Jesus predicts in the very next verse, Peter later denies he even knows Jesus.

When God calls us, it is after God has prepared us to do that to which he has called us.  God has already set the things in motion that will give us the gifts and the strength we need to accomplish the vision God gives us.

If, however, we do not wait on God’s timing, we run the risk of being unprepared and failing at our attempts.  We are always wrong if the vision of the ministry we are doing comes directly from us and not from God’s calling through the Holy Spirit.  We will always end up “denying” Jesus in the end, if it is not God who has called us, empowered us, and has sent us out.

God’s desire is to use you in his Kingdom.  God will call you to serve him by serving others.  Wait patiently to hear God’s call through your times of prayer and study.  And then, instead of running head of God, run with God as he empowers you to accomplish amazing things though him.

Pray with me:
Lord, teach me to wait on you as you prepare me to serve you.  Help me to learn the difference between my vision for you and your vision for me.  Teach me not to run ahead of you but to wait for you so that I might be empowered by you to accomplish all to which you will call me.  AMEN.

Related Posts

No Comments




no categories


Bible Body of Christ Changed Chosen people Discipleship Doubt Faith Following Jesus Generosity Gifts of the Spirit Giving God's Glory God's call God's leading God's love God's voice God's ways God's will be done God's will God's word God\'s love God\'s will be done God\\\'s love God\\\\\\\'s love God Hearing God Holiness Holy Spirit Jealous Jesus is Lord Kingdom life Kingdom of God Knowing God Light of the world Living Word Lord and God Lord Newness of life Radical Transformation Refreshed Sanctified Saul Savior Soulmate Standing before God Testify The Church The Gospel of Jesus Christ The Great Commission The new people of God The people of God Transformation Truth Voice of God Weary Worship Written word affirmation anchor answered prayer anxiety arguments assurance attentive awe born again born from above call to ministry calm commandments community confession creation defending God depression devotions discouraged empowered eternal life evangelism expectations failure faint faithful fear follow through forgiveness gathered good news grace grief grieving happiness hard healing help hope humility intentional intimate joy knowing Jesus learning letting go life in the Kingdom life listening living love God love neighbor love loving Jesus mature meditate meditation ministry miserable motivation new begging new life overcome partnering peace persecuting Jesus power prayer proclaim promises of God purpose refuge rejoice relationship remember rescue response rest revelation righteousness risk sacrifice scripture self-care selfish selfless servant servent service set apart simple simplicity sin solitude start over storms stress struggle success teaching temptation the unknown time with God tired together trust in God trust understanding vision waiting on God wear out witness wonder worry