God has a calling for each of his children. We do have free will so we can choose whether we walk in what He has called us to do or walk in our own ways. In John 21:15-17, Jesus asked Peter if he loved Him. Jesus asked Peter this three times in a row. Each time Jesus asked him, Peter answered that he loved Jesus and Jesus told Peter what He wanted him to do. He told Peter to feed His lambs and sheep. Most of us who have read the Bible, know these verses.
Now, let’s look at the verses that follow in John 21:18-23.
18 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdest thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not.
19 This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me.
20 Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee?
21 Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do?
22 Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.
23 Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die: yet Jesus said not unto him, He shall not die; but, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee?
Jesus spoke to Peter and told him about his life and some of what was in his future. He told Peter “Follow me” in verse 19. In verses 20 and 21, Peter looked at John and asked the Lord what the plans were for John and also who was the one who would betray Jesus. Some people have a tendency to look at others and compare themselves, their lives, callings and ministry with that of others or want information about others. That is the wrong thing to do because we are only accountable to the Lord for doing what He tells US to do. God calls us individually and has a certain calling for each of us. We need to walk the walk that He gives us and let others walk in their callings. So many times, people set their eyes on what others are doing and lose sight of what they are supposed to be doing. I love what Jesus said to Peter when answering his question about the plans for John and others. Jesus asked him, “what is that to you? You follow me” (John 21:22 NKJV). Jesus essentially told Peter to mind his own business and follow Him! We must keep our eyes on Jesus, follow Him, be obedient and walk the walk He has given to us.