Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them, the one who also had leaned back against him during the supper and had said, “Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?” When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?” Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!” So the saying spread abroad among the brothers that this disciple was not to die; yet Jesus did not say to him that he was not to die, but, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?” John 21:20-23
Peter has just been told by Jesus that he will eventually be crucified so his mind was most likely troubled. He turns and sees John walking behind them and does what most of us would do. Peter asks what about John. How is he going to die? Funny how when we are told bad news we want to make sure someone else shares our fate. As they say misery loves company.
Jesus tells Peter that John’s fate is none of his concern. What Jesus intends for John is between Jesus and John. If Jesus wants John to live until Jesus’ return then it will happen but, that is none of Peter’s business. We too can get sidetracked from our work for Jesus by worrying about what someone else is or is not doing.
Maybe we are in the middle of some large task at church and we notice that a friend seems to be idle. Rather than focus on the task at hand we start to worry about how put upon we are and how easy others have it. Soon this worry can morph into resentment. Look how hard we are working while others loaf. This resentment can also turn into pride as we pat ourselves on the back for being such a good worker and Christian while those around us slack off. They we are working not for the Lord but for ourselves.
What about those slackers? Just maybe they too are working hard for Jesus but in a way we just don’t notice. We can get so caught up in thinking that what we are doing is the most important thing and we assume that since others are not doing what we are they are getting off easy.
But even if they are getting the easy task or even no task, what is it to us. Jesus calls each of us to work that we are equipped to do. Some teach, others evangelize and some preach or sing in the choir. Each of us has some gift that Jesus wants us to use in His service and each are important in His work. It is not our concern what Jesus has someone else do, we should only be concerned with following Him.
Have a blessed day,