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“When Peter saw him (John), 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 21:21-22, NIV)

As disciples of Jesus, we each have an assignment to execute in God’s plan.

It is humanly natural to compare, to contrast, and to compete — but such characteristics have no place in the fellowship of God’s people.  We who belong to God must, instead, strive to cooperate, to collaborate, and to cheer-on all others working with God — even if we don’t comprehend what it is they have been assigned by our common Lord.

If we don’t see it, what is that to us?  We do see Jesus, and it is Jesus we must follow.

Anything more is a diversion, and anything less is a distraction.  Stay focused.  – Luther

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“Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:9, NASB)

We frequently here the word “passion,” or its derivative, “passionate,” to describe the drive, energy, and the focus that someone brings to an activity. It is meant to be a compliment, but when we are driven for the wrong reasons; or focused on the wrong things, it is anything but complimentary. 

As disciples of Jesus, our passion is to be pleasing to God. All other interests are subordinate; and all other invitations for our time, talent, and treasure are subject to — and informed by — this singular, supreme, objective.

To “have as our ambition. . . to be pleasing to Him,” is to succeed at all else, because all else is affected by this one thing! – Luther

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