Volume 33 Number 29

Out of Place

Read John 21

Following my son’s soccer game and about thirty minutes from home, his soccer coach climbs into his SUV for the return trip when he hears a hissing and looks down to see a rather large snake slithering into the cab with him. So he slams the door trapping the snake half in, half out of his car. When he opens the door, thinking it would drop to the ground, it instead crawls into the engine compartment. With darkness quickly engulfing us, six guys, who had no clue what we were doing, spent the next hour trying to remove said snake. Were we successful? Let’s just say they drove home with the lights on in the cab. Round two took place at MoJo’s car wash. Upon arrival, my son’s coach opens the door to find the snake tucked right in his door jam. He slams the door again and crawls out the other side. With spray wand ready, the door is opened only to find the snake in retreat once more. This time the water is enough to cause the snake to exit and peace is eventually restored to the town (or at least they can park in the garage again). Talk about something being out of place. If you read John 21 you will see an example of someone being out of place.

He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep… And when He had spoken this, He said to him, “Follow Me.” John 21:17 & 19b

Peter and the other disciples were at a loss. They had seen the resurrected Jesus, but what next? Earlier in the chapter Peter said, “I’m going fishing” I have a feeling he wasn’t talking about a day of recreation, I think he was returning to the life he had before he met Jesus. Jesus was reminding Peter that while he may choose to fish, that was not where he belonged. Peter’s job was to follow Christ and to spread His message, our job is the same. Our lives must be dedicated to following Christ, and feeding His sheep. If anything gets in the way of this, we will find ourselves as out of place as a snake in the front seat.

Wade McKnight, Southern Oaks Church of Chrsit, Chickasha, OK


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