When you were young you dressed yourself and went wherever you wished, but when you get old, you’ll have to stretch out your hands while someone else dresses you and takes you where you don’t want to go.” He said this to hint at the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. And then he commanded, “Follow me.” (John 21:18-19, MSG)
Imagine how that felt. Peter hears his future but there is not much of a timeline. Will he live every day in fear and dread? How old is old anyway?
It is said that Peter died in Rome, about 64 A.D, in Nero’s reign. He asked to be crucified upside down because he felt unworthy to die in the same manner as Jesus Christ.
I doubt that he spent his time in fear and trepidation, worrying about his end date. After all, he learned to fully trust Jesus eventually. Listen to some of his words from the book he authored.
I, Peter, am an apostle on assignment by Jesus, the Messiah, writing to exiles scattered to the four winds. Not one is missing, not one forgotten. God the Father has his eye on each of you, and has determined by the work of the Spirit to keep you obedient through the sacrifice of Jesus. May everything good from God be yours! (1 Peter 1:1-2, MSG)
Friends, don’t waste time wondering about the what-ifs. Let’s honor the time that we have every day, and stop living in the what might happen and when.