I have loved the simplicity of these words from Brennan Manning in Abba’s Child this week:
I believe that the night in the Upper Room was the defining moment of John’s life. Some sixty years after Christ’s resurrection, the apostle – like an old gold miner panning the stream of his memories – recalled all that had transpired…with Jesus. He made pointed reference to that holy night when it all came together, and he affirmed his core identity with these words: “Peter turned and saw the disciple Jesus loved following them…” (John 21:20).
If John were to be asked, “What is your primary identity, your most coherent sense of yourself?” he would not reply, “I am a disciple, an apostle, an evangelist,” but “I am the one Jesus loves”.
Who do you say that you are? I think I may have made my answer to that question too complicated most of the time.