(Ezra 6-8, John 21)

Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them, the one who also had leaned back against him during the supper … (John 21:20)

How we see ourselves in relation to God is everything. A.W. Tozer said, “What you think about God is the most important thing about you.” If this is true, then the second most important thing is what you think God thinks about you, this our identity.

John, the disciple of Jesus, wrote several books in our Bible. He wrote the Book of John, an eye-witness account of his time with Jesus. In this Gospel account, John never refers to himself by name, but rather the “disciple that Jesus loves.” Over and over again, he identifies himself as the one Jesus loves! How powerful is that! Talk about being rooted and grounded in the faith!

In the final chapter of John, Jesus is conversing with Peter and instructs Peter to follow him. On that walk, Peter turns and sees John following them. To be fair, John wasn’t part of the conversation, nor was he even invited on this walk. Why was John there? He stayed close because saw himself as beloved by Jesus. He didn’t need a new invitation. You are the disciple Jesus loves. YOU! Stay close.