A story is told of Jesus and His disciples walking one day along a stony road. Jesus asked each of them to choose a stone to carry for Him. John, it is said, chose a large one while Peter chose the smallest. Jesus led them then to the top of a mountain and commanded that the stones be made bread. Each disciple, by this time tired and hungry was allowed to eat the bread he held in his hand, but of course Peter was not sufficient to satisfy his hunger. John gave him some of his.
Some time later Jesus again asked the disciples to pick up a stone to carry. This time Peter chose the largest of them all. Taking them to a river, Jesus told them to cast the stone into the water. They did so, but looked at one another in bewilderment.
"For whom," asked Jesus, "did you carry the stone?"
Do we follow and obey Jesus for his sake or for our own? It seems we often get confused.