The Day After

This morning I arose with deeps thoughts concerning all the activities of yesterday.  What a wonderful day it was to be able to celebrate the Lord’s resurrection.  I thought about all the faces of people whom I had never met.  I thought about all those who heard the gospel, some truly hearing and some who just heard words.  I thought about so many other things.  However the one thought that continued to be in every thought was this, “What will people do the day after.”

This thought drove me to John 21, where Jesus appears to His disciples for the third time after being raised from the dead, Vs: 14.  If you know this scene, you know that in this scene Peter is restored to His position of Apostle.  For me there was something very fresh in the text.

Here is what Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.  This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God,” 21:18-19.  

Here we discover the truth that Peter would now live and die for the glory of God. I wrote in my bible, Peter finally gets it.  Here in this setting, Peter begins to understand what his life was to be about.  From this time for (The Day After) Peter would be God’s man doing God’s work for God’s glory.

I truly believe this is God’s desire for every person, the day after understanding the gospel.  But I wonder, “How many people never have such a day after?”  Many people will, by the end of this very day, have forgotten the tugging in their heart the day before.  Many people will have forsaken the commitment they made just yesterday.  Many people will now move onto the next event on their calendar.  However, not the disciples.  The day after and every day after, they would be serving the Lord.

Question, “What are you doing the day after the resurrection?”  May you and I live out the reality of the gospel every day.”  Peter would write the following as an older man who had experienced many days after, “Therefore brothers, be all the more diligent to make your calling and election sure, for if you practice these things you will never fail,” II Peter 1:10.

As followers of Christ, we must strive to live out what we know to be true.  So make this day after a day where you serve Jesus with you all for His glory.  You will be amazed how you days after will be lived if you simply strive in Jesus name.

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