20 Peter turned around and saw behind them the disciple Jesus loved—the one who had leaned over to Jesus during supper and asked, “Lord, who will betray you?” 21 Peter asked Jesus, “What about him, Lord?”

22 Jesus replied, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? As for you, follow me.” 23 So the rumor spread among the community of believers that this disciple wouldn’t die. But that isn’t what Jesus said at all. He only said, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?”

24 This disciple is the one who testifies to these events and has recorded them here. And we know that his account of these things is accurate.

25 Jesus also did many other things. If they were all written down, I suppose the whole world could not contain the books that would be written.  John 21:20-25

Peter and Jesus continue walking along the shore. Peter has answered Jesus’ question three times and he has been reinstated as Peter, the Rock, the one on whom Jesus will build his church. The previous wrongs have been righted and Peter can enjoy a peaceful stroll with his resurrected Lord. Except that this is Peter, impetuous Peter, passionate Peter, the disciple who is almost always the first to act, to speak and to respond.

After Jesus predicts Peter’s crucifixion, Peter immediately turns around, looks at John and asks Jesus, What about him, Lord?

Without a doubt, Peter loves the Lord. Without a doubt, Peter will follow the path Jesus set for him before time began because now he is ready to go where Jesus leads. Without a doubt, Peter is absolutely human and perhaps still at least a little competitive when it comes to his fellow disciples {think discussions of which of them was the best or debates about who would sit at the right and left hands of Jesus}.

Without a doubt, this is yet another reason why I tend to identify with Peter throughout his walk with Jesus. Because he is just so real, so incredibly transparent. Because he’s just, well, he’s just so — like me. Maybe he’s a little like you, too.

only you can live out your dream and your life for God's glory. so, will you?
only you can live out your dream and your life for God’s glory.
so, will you?

Perhaps you have found yourself in a pretty good place. You know, where your dream is coming together, your life seems to be working smoothly {think no surprises or unexpected expenses}, your relationship with Jesus is solid and you are feeling like all is well. And then, you start the comparisons game. You start looking around at friends or co-workers or people you don’t even like and you begin measuring your life against theirs.

Maybe you’ve earned a raise or a promotion at work and it’s an answer to prayer. But you learn that the guy in the next office is also meeting with the boss and immediately, you wonder, What about him? Is he going to make the same money as me? Is he going to have the same title as me?

Or maybe you’re working on your dream and you’re excited. You’ve finally determined your purpose and your passion and you are ready to dive in and follow it through no matter what and then you hit your first obstacle. Even so, you’re ready to pay your dues; this is what you’ve always wanted to do. But then a friend or a family member tells you about their new opportunity or the book they’re writing under contract or the blog they started that has 500+ followers already, and immediately, you wonder, What about her? Is she going to have to struggle? Is she going to have to pay her dues?

There we are, standing beside Jesus with a clear vision of where we’re going and feeling confident because our relationship with him is strong. But, like Peter, instead of focusing on where we are, instead of being in the moment with Jesus, we catch a glimpse of someone else out of the corner of our eye. Jesus loves him, too. Does Jesus love him more than me? Is he more blessed than me? Will she do bigger things than me?

What about him, Lord?

We want to know. We feel like we have to know. Somehow, we have tied who we are, what we’re doing, where we’re going to other people instead of to Jesus. Even though we’re standing right next to Jesus. Even though he is the source of information and wisdom we’ll need for the journey. Even though he is the Creator of our dream and the Giver of our gifts, we look past him and look to the people around us.

We’re afraid that someone else is going to get something that we’re not. We’re afraid that someone else is going to get somewhere before us. We’re worried about the other guy. Too many times we are too worried about the other guy: What about him, Lord?

But just like he does with Peter, Jesus sets us straight, what happens with him is none of your business. As for you, follow me.

That’s it. That’s all we need to do, follow Jesus. Take the path he sets for us, take the dream he gives to us, take the life he’s ransomed for us and live it in a manner worthy of his sacrifice. That in itself is a tall enough order to preclude and override any concerns about anyone else’s life.

Jesus has given each of us a unique dream, a unique purpose and a unique part in the greater story; something that only we can accomplish.

So, are you ready to play your part? Are you ready to claim your dream and make it happen for the glory of Jesus? What will you do for God’s kingdom that nobody else will do? Let’s stroll a little longer along the shore and you can tell me what you’re up to. Share your story in the comments and we can help keep each other accountable.

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4 thoughts on “This Is about You, Not Them

    1. I think that God invites me into these moments in scripture because he knows I wrestle with these things, too. I cannot tell you how often I lean toward throwing myself a pity party and then something Jesus said comes back to my mind. It’s keeping my focus there that challenges me for sure!

    1. I struggle with the same question you asked in the D&B group. Seriously, I get it. But, I think if you’ve got something to say, you need to say it and follow Jesus and not the numbers.

      You know that, I’m just here to cheer you on to keep going.

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