PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Aug
19

Wholehearted

Rod Shimabukuro

Scripture

When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?” Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!” John 21:21-22
Observation
What? Seriously? Really? Peter is curious about John’s life. Having been restored by Jesus, Peter was called to be a shepherd of HIs flock - Feed my sheep. A new meaning to following Jesus - a deeper, more distinguished commitment was defined…even to the point of Jesus referring to the future of Peter’s call to martyrdom!

Too often, I’m concerned about others - their call, role, responsibility to Jesus. Having too much concern of others, can dim the light on what my focus should be.
Application
The Lord is reminding me - to follow Jesus. No matter what others are doing, saying, how they may be responding to me or not. In the circumstances of my transition in life - as a father, pastor, I am called to FOLLOW JESUS.

This means I cannot be distracted by others. By other people’s grumblings, their likes and dislikes of me, my leadership style, the churches shortcomings.

I’m reminded of Pastor Dom’s message recently. I cannot be “Rubbernecking” by focusing on others opinions, lives, decisions - I must Follow Jesus and be obedient to what He is saying to me.
Prayer
Dear Holy Spirit! I love You! Thank you for guiding me into freedom - into truth! Your truth is setting me free - from the dim and grim decisions I make to compare my selves to others. Or even to listen to the negativity of others. I have faults, the church is imperfect, spiritual leaders fall short - But we must ALL Follow Jesus - Whole Heartedly! That’s my heart Lord!

Devotions for August 19

Jeremiah 45,46,47
Psalms 105
John 21

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