Raise your hands if you have more than one child. Okay, now raise them if your children have ever asked why you said something or did something differently with another child than with them. Now finally, how many of you have responded: “What is that to you?”
My kids seem to think that their input in how their father and I deal with their sibling is founded and vital. Interestingly, I often operate just like my kids. Well, so did Peter, so that makes me feel a little better. (Sorry, Peter, you have been the example a couple of times recently.)
I love reading the conversation between the Lord and Peter that occurred at one of the instances after Jesus’ resurrection. The Lord had cooked breakfast for a few of the disciples who had gone fishing. Soon, the “Do you love Me?” conversation happened. Most are familiar with this back and forth between them, but what is standing out to me this morning is what was said after this.
The Lord proceeded to let Peter know how he would die. He is faithful to prepare us and strengthen us for what is to come when we are listening. (Thankfully, Peter didn’t respond with an emphatic, “Never!” this time.) He did, however, begin to wonder about what would happen to John. What would happen to his sibling, his brother in Christ?
“Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following …Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, ‘But Lord, what about this man?’ Jesus said to him, ‘If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow me.’”
What is that to you? The Lord’s intentions and plans for those around us are none of our business. Sure, we are to encourage and spurn one another on…but when our eyes are fixed on them, they are inevitably taken off the Lord. I love how Jesus can put me in my place. No matter what His blessings, judgments, and dealings with a brother or sister in Christ are, what is that to me? I am to simply follow Him.
May we get our eyes off of each other long enough to truly fix them on the One we are supposed to be following. Thank You for putting us in our place, Lord.
Father, we get caught up in what another Christian is doing or saying, and we wonder how You are going to deal with them. Why can’t we just pray and trust You with it? Why can’t we just work out our own salvation with fear and trembling? Help us, Lord. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
John 21: 20-22