Jn. 21:21: ‘When Peter saw that disciple, he asked Jesus, “Lord what about him?”‘
I found a beautiful, deep lesson in some interaction between Jesus and Peter this morning. And then I found this, and I had to laugh!
Jesus had literally just commissioned Peter to take care of His church. He had just set Peter apart. They had just had this beautiful, special moment, where Jesus told Peter to “Feed His sheep.” It was an individual calling. A singular, specific commission just for Peter. A memorable moment. It couldn’t have been more personal.
Then, Peter turned and sees Jesus’ ‘favorite disciple’ following them, and Peter asked, “Lord what about him?” Jesus’ answer is just wow: “What is it to you?”
Peter’s concern is so like ours. Here he is having this amazing moment with Jesus, literally being commissioned for ministry, by the physical Lord, and He’s looking at someone else, asking, “But what about them?” “Why does their calling looking different than mine?”
It made me laugh out loud and yet made me feel so much relief. It’s human nature. He asked that directly to the face of the Lord. But take note: what was Jesus answer?
Jesus replied, “What is it to you?” Can we see that Jesus doesn’t want us concerning ourselves with this? We know that Jesus had a specific calling on Peter’s life. A job Peter was created to do. It couldn’t have been done by another. Not the way Peter did it. Peter was made for his purpose.
We, likewise, were made for ours. Yes, it’s human nature that look to others and ask, “but what about them?” But what is it to us? God is calling us to our purpose. He is calling them to theirs. It’s time to remember that it’s not a competition or a fight. We all have our own job to do, as we work to the same end.
Our job: focus on our relationship with Christ, and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit as we do the job He has given us each to do. Meanwhile, we are to love our neighbor as ourselves, as we support them while they are doing their best to do the same.
Thanks for the laugh, Lord,